Gardai probe drug death of man found in laneway
GARDAI were last night investigating the death of a man who was earlier found seriously ill from a suspected drug overdose in a desolate laneway.
Another young man was also discovered in Thomas Lane, close to O'Connell Street, in Dublin city centre.
He was rushed to the Mater Hospital but his life is not believed to be in danger.
Both men were found by gardai shortly before 4pm yesterday. One of them, a 28-year-old foreign national believed to be Czech, was pronounced dead at about 5pm.
The second man is believed to be in his 20s.
A post-mortem examination is expected to be carried out today.
Toxicology tests are also likely to be taken. However, it is understood that the death is not being treated as suspicious.
Figures from the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction show that the number of cases of drug-related deaths in Ireland rose from 107 in 2003 to 159 in 2005. Most of those deaths were due to cocaine and/or the use of several substances.
Tony Geoghegan, of the Merchant's Quay drugs project, said that Ireland remained in the top four European countries for drug overdose deaths and current indications were that these figures were not decreasing.