New act targeting 'Z drugs' not an attack on addicts, says minister

It is hoped the new laws will help in the fight against gangland crime

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Health Minister Simon Harris (left) and Tánaiste and Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald speaking to the media on the Misuse of Drugs (Amendment) Bill 2016 | Image: Rollingnews.ie

Proposed new laws on so-called 'Z drugs' are not an attack on drug addicts, according to Health Minister Simon Harris.

The Misuse of Drugs Act targets prescription sedatives, which are often openly dealt on city streets.

It is hoped these new laws will help in the fight against gangland crime.

If passed, the act will outlaw dealing of so-called 'Z drugs'.

A second drugs act, including legislation on controversial injection rooms, is due after the summer recess.

Minister Harris says the legislation targets gangland crime, which has blighted the capital in recent months.

While Tánaiste and Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald hopes the legislation will stamp out street dealing.