Time for honest debate on drug use
THE level of shock expressed in the media that cocaine use played a significant role in Gerry Ryan’s death is only matched by the levels of misunderstanding and prejudice so prevalent in our society when it comes to substance abuse and compulsive behaviour.
The contrast between the reaction of the media to the death of Mr Ryan in April and last week’s inquest findings couldn’t be more stark.
When news of Mr Ryan’s death broke there was a rush to eulogise the man and to celebrate his life and talent. The national broadcaster was particularly self-indulgent in this regard seeking to portray a man who was “larger than life” and “great craic”.