Poleglass mum’s pain at losing daughter Tierna to drugs

Poleglass mum’s pain at losing daughter Tierna to drugs

After fresh numbers show that drug-related deaths have more than doubled in the last decade, a WEST Belfast mother has spoken out about her late daughter’s fight with drugs.

According to estimates from the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA), there were 218 drug-related deaths in 2020, up from 92 in 2010.

A total of 55 deaths have been related to heroin and morphine. Cocaine-related deaths soared to 36 in 2020, the highest number ever recorded.

Tierna Murray, a 20-year-old Poleglass lady, died on December 12, 2021, after battling cocaine addiction.

Tierna had the “largest heart” and had assisted her friends through “difficult times,” according to her mother, Cathy.

“She always went above and beyond for everybody else,” she said.

Tierna had worked full-time at Glenparent Daycare, was saving for a nail technician  course, and was learning to drive before lockdown. However, her life changed when she started using cocaine.

“Lockdown came and she was drinking in people’s houses, going to these wee kitchen parties where she was there all night and somebody pulls a bag of something out,” Cathy explained.

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