A father is pleading for better addiction services after he was forced to bury his two drug addicted daughters just three weeks apart. Edward McKay, o
A father is pleading for better addiction services after he was forced to bury his two drug addicted daughters just three weeks apart.
Edward McKay, of West Belfast, said he tried ‘everything’ to get help for Bridget McKay, 27, and her sister Geraldine, 30, before they were found dead.
He said he begged Geraldine not to take more drugs after Bridget – who her family say was addicted to heroin – died on April 11.
But just three weeks later Geraldine died on May 4, and the family are now preparing for another funeral tomorrow.
Edward McKay, of West Belfast, said he tried ‘everything’ to get help for Bridget McKay (right) and her sister Geraldine (left) before they were found dead
Both causes of death have yet to be determined by the coroner.
Mr McKay said he tried to get Bridget help after she jumped through a window, three storeys high, but no facility would take her.
He told Belfast Live: ‘I pleaded more than once.
‘I tried everything and there is no help. I even tried to sign Bridget in after she jumped through a three storey window and they still wouldn’t let me.
‘We have tried everywhere and they wouldn’t take her because she was not in their district.
‘She was there begging for help.’
Geraldine (left) died just three weeks after Bridget (right) who her family say was addicted to heroin
Mr McKay said he went as far as keeping Bridget ‘against her will’ in the house to try and wean her off heroin as he felt there was no other help out there for her.
‘Nobody is helping anybody, even when they are begging and pleading.
‘Bridget did want help. She cried for help and they said ‘we’ll send you out an appointment – it might be six months.’ It takes too long.
‘It was affecting everybody around them. I don’t want anyone else to go through all this.’
Mr McKay’s other daughter Kelly Crumley said her sisters turned to drugs following the death of the mother.
Bridget started taking Tramadol when she was 13, and she said she ended up with a ‘heroin addiction’. The family say Geraldine was taking ‘whatever tablets were there.’
Ms Crumley added: ‘We need to get people help before this happens to another family.
‘Our Bridget was on her knees more than once in hospital and they turned her away.
‘(She) left the hospital and threw herself out a window to kill herself and they said ‘we can’t intervene until she has hit rock bottom’.
‘What is rock bottom?
‘I am sharing our story so people wake up and listen.’
- For confidential support call the Samaritans on 116123 or visit a local Samaritans branch, or see samaritans.org for details.