The supply and use of drugs, particularly amongst the 16 to 38 age cohort, was described as a ‘pandemic’ by a coroner today.

The Coroner for Mayo, Patrick O’Connor used the adjective – normally used to describe worldwide disease epidemics-   at the conclusion of an inquest into the death of a 38-year-old mother who died from a combined drug overdose last March.

Returning a verdict of death by misadventure, the coroner said there was no evidence that Sonya Isaacson intended the consequences of the overdose which included methadone, a substitute drug which is used in the treatment of heroin addiction.

 Ms. Isaacson, a mother of three who lived at Clareville, Claremorris, was found dead by her ex-partner, Anthony Murphy, on March 23 last.

 In a deposition, Mr. Murphy told the hearing his ex-partner had issues with drugs for a long time”.

 After returning the verdict of misadventure, the coroner described drug dependency as “one of the curses of modern society”, particularly amongst the younger age group.

Patrick O'Connor said  “The whole question of the supply and use of drugs particularly amongst those between the ages of 16 and 38 is becoming a pandemic” and said  drug use is rife in every corner of Ireland, not just in the big cities.

In conclusion, Mr. O’Connor called on the State to continue to develop and create supports for young people who are drug dependent, and asked that the health services are fully funded in order to do so.



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