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I’m being intimidated because I or a family member owe a drug debt. What can I do?

If you or someone you know is experiencing drug-related intimidation, there is help and support available. The Drug-Related Intimidation Reporting Programme responds to the needs of persons and family members experiencing drug related intimidation. 

A Garda Inspector is appointed in every Garda Division to respond to the issue of drug related intimidation. These Inspectors are of management level within An Garda Síochána and have great expertise, knowledge and vast experience. They will liaise directly with their local Superintendent in relation to each individual case. Persons seeking the assistance of the Inspector in their area may contact their nominated Inspector to arrange to meet with them either formally or informally.   

An Garda Síochána, in dealing with any complaint of drug related intimidation or advice sought in relation to this issue, will do so with the utmost safety and effective means in order to afford the person or family subject to the threat the best level of security, advice and support which can be offered. Most importantly, An Garda Síochána will deal with this issue in the utmost confidential and victim and human right secure based fashion.  An Garda Síochána will offer the following:

  • Confidentiality
  • Provide practical safety information
  • Provide advice in relation to particular threats or instances of intimidation
  • Provide information on appropriate drug support services for the individual in the family who is accruing drug debts
  • Outline how to make a formal complaint, what is involved, what happens after and possible outcomes.

Click here for further Information on how to get help or more information on the Drugs-Related Intimidation Programme.