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# Addiction

This year
2024
Ireland has 'once in a generation' chance to decriminalise personal drug use, Paul Reid says
A special Oireachtas committee will be established to examine the Citizens’ Assembly’s recommendations, Drugs Minister Hildegarde Naughton confirmed.
The Citizens' Assembly on Drug Use today published its final report
The document includes 36 recommendations to overhaul Ireland's drug policy and establish a more health-led approach
A special Oireachtas committee will be set up to examine the report and suggest new legislation
Detoxing from G is '100 times worse than alcohol withdrawal', expert warns
Chemsex – using drugs like G to enhance and prolong sex – has become more common in Ireland in recent years.
GHB or GBL is used socially and for the purposes of chemsex
The drug is highly addictive and its potency varies widely
Every year dozens of people seek help to detox from G at the Club Drugs Clinic in Dublin
No heroin found among drugs used in recent overdose clusters in Dublin and Cork, HSE finds
Naloxone will be more widely available after helping save lives in recent overdose cases
Last year
2023
'Vital' addiction support service in Dublin to remain open after campaign by staff and locals
GP centre won't prescribe 'highly addictive' painkillers due to concerns over illegal drug trade
There have been growing concerns in recent weeks about the sale of opioids and other powerful painkillers.
A GP centre in Dublin is refusing to prescribe powerful painkillers like Oxycontin or "highly addictive" benzodiazepines
Health Minister Stephen Donnelly said prescription medications often end up being sold on the street
Benzodiazepines are generally prescribed to treat anxiety, sleep disorders and seizures
Public to be consulted about future laws on vaping, as Donnelly 'deeply concerned' about child usage
Irish society 'hates heroin users': Former minister hits out at drugs policy
Service users 'devastated' amid plan to shut down 'vital' addiction support service in Dublin
A potent synthetic opioid was found in the heroin that caused overdoses, but what are nitazenes?
At least 40 people in Dublin overdose on 'very potent' heroin batch as HSE issues fresh warning
Fentanyl being 'constantly monitored' amid fears of drug hitting Irish market, minister says
Some ultra-processed foods should be labelled ‘addictive’, scientists suggest
Vigil held in memory of the 402 homeless people who died in Dublin since 2018
Cocaine overtakes opiates to become Ireland's 'most common' problem drug
Opinion: The Greek model of responding to drug use is worth keeping an eye on
Prison staff knew Cork man was suffering 'delusions' prior to fatal suicide attempt
All time
Online gambling causing surge of suicidal young men in A&E, NHS clinic says
'Grimmest situation I've ever seen': Dublin Simon dealing with unprecedented levels of homelessness
Opinion: E-cigarettes are not part of the solution to a tobacco free Ireland
Former England goalkeeper Chris Kirkland reveals he suffered with painkillers addiction
Oireachtas Health Committee seek age restrictions on e-cigarettes and ban on flavourings
Criminalising drug use is 'disastrous' waste of time and money, expert to tell Justice Committee
‘I was literally trying to get through the next hour without having a drink’
Psychological Society criticises delay in 'vital' citizens' assembly on drugs amid death warning
Nurse to be appointed to National Oversight Committee on Drugs after row over membership
Nursing group invited to meet with Minister following its removal from national drug committee
Call for more funding to tackle 'tsunami' of crack cocaine addictions in Tallaght
'They showed me I mattered': Women explain how inner city project helped transform their lives
Cannabis should be regulated, taxed and taken out of the hands of dangerous drug cartels
'No plans' to reinstate HSE rehab unit closed during pandemic
The Keltoi Rehab Unit continues to be used as a Covid isolation facility, reports Maria Delaney of Noteworthy, our investigative platform.
Keltoi closed 18 months ago, with previous Health Minister Simon Harris promising its reopening
Addiction service advocates are frustrated with the HSE response and are calling for a clear reopening date
Over 3,500 on wait list for a detox bed, with over 140 residential beds still closed
Opinion: We don’t allow ads for smoking so why should gambling be any different?
Ex-Liverpool and Spurs striker reveals drink problem meant he could not make training on a Monday
'Twice I woke up and a person was dead beside me'
Oregon becomes first US state to decriminalise hard drugs
Debunked: The conspiracy theories around the so-called Hollywood drug adrenochrome
My food addiction: How group therapy helped me overcome years of bingeing and purging
Dublin's approach to supporting drug users during pandemic saved lives, report finds
Wellness Wednesday: You can beat your addiction, even in lockdown