Fatherís plea to drug dealers
Thursday, 20 April 2017
THE heartbroken father of a talented Gaelic footballer who died from cocaine poisoning has made an impassioned plea in a bid to stop drug dealers peddling human misery. Giving evidence at an inquest into the death of his only son Gary, James McGee said: "My message to children taking drugs is 'don't take them; this is where you end up.'
“I wouldn't want any parent to go through the same pain and suffering that I am still going through. To people who supply drugs, I say 'don't.' They need to understand the consequences of their actions."
The devastation caused by drugs was laid bare at a Coleraine inquest last week after a Coroner branded illicit substances "a scourge on society."
Patrick McGurgan's comments at the town's Courthouse came after he heard how Gary McGee had died following a two-day drug binge.
After emotional evidence from Mr McGee senior and Gary's partner Alana Doherty, Mr McGurgan said: "Drugs are an addiction and also a scourge on society.
“They are becoming a bigger scourge in Northern Ireland.
“As Coroner, I am faced with a tidal wave of inquests relating to drug-related deaths.
“If there is any positive news message from an inquest like this, it is that Gary's death will save someone else. That is all we can hope for; that a lesson will be learned."
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