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As part of a new awareness campaign, Christy Moore has opened up about his own battles with drug use.

The singer admitted that even when his drug use threatened to end his life, he couldn’t stop using:

“I certainly encountered cocaine for a period of my life and there was a period of my life where I would have been very familiar with it.

“I had a heart attack. I said ‘Well, that’s it now, that’s me sorted, I’m going to give up’ but within a very short period of getting out of hospital, I was back on that road again.

“And that’s when I knew I was beaten. If a heart attack is not going to stop me, I need help, I’m in trouble. I was blessed in that it was a brother of mine who showed me the way.”

Moore supports the idea of decriminalising, or minimising the criminal aspect, of those who possess of small amounts of drugs for their own personal use.

Take a look at the clip here:

-Noah Harte