Speaking during an Assembly debate on suicide in Derry, the Foyle MLA said;
“The issue of suicide is one which touches all communities across our island.
“Sinn Féin have established an addiction taskforce in the city to identify and fill the gaps in current service provision and to date 20 organisations from the statutory, community and voluntary sectors have signed up.
“There is a clear need for a crisis intervention services in the Derry area where users, particularly young people, can be treated in a safe place.
“There has been considerable discussion on the need for a detox unit in Derry.
“And while that may be what is required, the reality is we have a purpose-built rehab and detox facility on our doorstep in White Oaks, Muff, County Donegal which is not fully functioning and is currently unavailable to people in Derry.
“I am calling on the new health minister to visit the White Oaks facility to see the difference it could make.
“I encourage him to engage with his southern counterpart towards the creation of an all-Ireland approach to tackle addiction and suicide.
“Addiction does not recognise borders and neither should treatment.” ENDS/CRÍOCH