12 Aug 2022

Heroin addict overdoses in front of children at Waterford People's Park

Heroin addict overdoses in front of children at Waterford People's Park

A person overdosed in the People's Park at the weekend

Families were left shocked last Saturday afternoon when a heroin addict overdosed in front of them in Waterford city’s People’s Park.

Emergency services attended the scene and the man was brought to hospital.

The People’s Park has been the scene of crime and anti-social behaviour in recent years, leading to further calls from locals for extra surveillance in the form of CCTV and street lighting.

“It’s a lovely park. Families go there all the time and you don’t want to see that happening,” Waterford councillor Davy Daniels told Waterford Live.

A Waterford mother whose daughter has been battling heroin addiction for over 10 years told Waterford Live that heroin addicts want to give up their addiction but feel hopeless. "They want to give up their addiction and become a different person but can’t. No one willingly wants to give up their addiction. They need to be taken off the streets, put into a detox centre and then a treatment centre. For many years I feared getting a call to say that my daughter had been found dead after overdosing," the woman, who requested to remain anonymous, added.

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