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Tuesday 28 March 2023 Dublin: 7°C

# Addiction

All time
# Your Say
Poll: Should plans for an injection centre in Dublin go ahead?
Outgoing drugs minister Aodhán Ó Ríordáin says the new health minister may give into political pressure.
# A Sniff-ter
The smell of alcohol makes it hard to resist
The study, published in the Psychopharmacology journal, shows that people can smell alcohol itself.
# Drug Addiction
"I had a 14-day detox that sent me into horrible withdrawals... but I still went back to heroin"
Paul started snorting heroin aged 18. What followed was over 20 years of serious drug abuse before he finally decided to get clean.
'I’m so happy not to be spending another Christmas in rehab'
When using, I went from taking two codeine tablets at a time, to 28 in one go.
Overcoming addiction: I used to drink myself to oblivion every night
Mike Meehan had drunk 48 cans one weekend when something clicked – he was fed up of feeling hopeless and miserable.
# Homeless
"You never know when someone will attack you and smash a bottle over your head" - Life on the streets for Dublin's migrant homeless
Many migrants come to Ireland to work. But addiction issues and a lack of employment can leave them homeless and living on the streets.
# Addiction
Mother describes how one of her twins turned his life around after heroin killed his brother
“You have choices in life and you sink and swim and as a family we choose to swim.”
# Inquest
Mother tells inquest that son who overdosed 'should never have been let out of hospital'
Glen Murphy McNally died days after discharging himself. An open verdict was returned at the inquest.
# ecigarettes
Government does NOT intend to ban vaping in pubs and offices
“Currently the evidence base does not support prohibiting vaping in public places…”
Glued to your phone? Here are some tips for managing mobile addiction
Try setting it down and having a conversation with someone in front of you instead.
# Finglas
Locals pledge to keep protesting until homeless shelter closes
The centre provides Dublin’s only supported temporary accommodation service for homeless women.
# Drugs
Dublin's new mayor wants supervised injection centres for drug addicts
Críona Ní Dhálaigh has backed an initiative that the government could legislate for in the coming months.
Should we stop bringing criminal charges against those possessing drugs for personal use?
It’s important to consider what is meant by ‘decriminalisation’.
# Addiction
'I've seen people being sliced, being kicked around in prison - it's all because of drugs'
A former inmate described the devastating impact the availability of drugs has on the lives of those both inside and outside our prisons.
# Back to Black
"A lot of people said this film would never get made"
“A lot of people said ‘Why do you want to make a film about a junkie?’” said the director, Asif Kapadia. “That’s exactly why I needed to make the film.”
# city centre
HSE investigating rise in HIV amongst injecting drug users in Dublin
There have been 15 cases confirmed from June 2014 to June 2015.
'My dad was a violent alcoholic. I vowed to make my daughter's childhood better than mine.'
My father drank to forget the worst years of his life – his childhood – and at the same time destroyed mine.
What's life like as a young carer? Jamie has cared for his mother since the age of six
Caring for a family member can be a positive experience, but it can also be a strain on a young person’s health, development and happiness.
# Social Inclusion plan
HSE to provide heroin users with antidote drug to prevent overdoses
Training sessions are underway with service users, family members and services.
# Addiction
How Candy Crush Saga is going to be the new Solitaire on your computer
The game will be included with every version of Windows 10 when it’s released this summer.
# Amy
"Why do you want to make a film about a junkie?"
The director of a new film about Amy Winehouse explains his motivations.
# Addiction
Injection centres could soon arrive in Dublin - would you agree with that?
Minister of State Aodhán Ó Ríordáin has said he will be attempting to bring forward legislation to introduce them this year.
'It was always my job to check if Dad was breathing after he passed out'
Living with a parent who is an alcoholic is confusing, isolating and terrifying for young people. Why are we not doing more to help them?
# bets are off
'Would you give out free sachets of coke with a newspaper?'
The run-up to Cheltenham can be a very difficult time of year for those with a gambling addiction.
# TechKnowHow
This is why we find smartphone apps so addictive
They’re easy to download, but why are they so hard to delete?
# Homeless
Could this 'Homeless Wrap' be saving lives on the streets?
Emily Duffy, a student from Limerick, has been displaying the ‘Homeless Wrap’ idea this week as part of the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition.
# Addiction
Is crystal meth on the rise? One Councillor says it's like Breaking Bad out there
As far back as 2012 Father Peter McVerry was warning that the drug was going to ravage areas in Ireland like it has done in the US.
# Drugs
Biggest addiction centre in the south of the country had 14,000 calls about treatment this year
A large number of women are also seeking treatment, a change from 25 years ago.
# internet addict
13 signs you're probably far too attached to the internet
It’s time to come clean.
# Addiction
Mother of drug addict explains how support group 'made me feel like I wasn't the only one heartbroken'
Anne’s son has been battling addiction for 27 years.
# Addiction
'My mother was also an addict and as a child I was on the streets of Cork with her'
Coolmine Therapeutic community helped 1,000 people with addiction problems last year – Ann Marie Taylor was one of those people.
# tragic death
'I'll always wonder about the missed call I had from my son the night he died'
Former Fianna Fáil TD Charlie O’Connor says he believes his son’s death was an accident.
# like
Spend too much time poking people? Dublin now has its own Facebook addiction service
It was only a matter of time…
# significant rise
More young people and women are being treated for alcohol addictions
Addiction treatment service, Aiséirí, is calling on the government not to cut excise duty on alcohol in the upcoming Budget.
# homeless ireland
Getting on the bus: Recovered addicts returning to help those still suffering visit the ‘No Bucks Café’ on their nighttime service.
# Addiction
Dublin's drug situation hasn't gotten worse, it's just 'shifted to other areas'
The Director of the Ana Liffey Drug Project, Tony Duffin said a recent surge in hallucinogenic stimulants has also made addicts’ behaviour somewhat more challenging lately.
# Addiction
Open thread: What do you think should be done about Ireland's drug problem?
RTÉ’s Prime Time tonight focused on the drug problem in Dublin – what do you think the solution is?
# homeless ireland
'How many people are going to die on the streets this winter?'
The Capuchin Day Centre’s Brother Kevin Crowley sees the reality of the homeless crisis every day and he thinks it’s getting worse.
Opinion: Coming out of addiction and homelessness is a major life event
If we want to address complex social issues like addiction and homelessness, we need the activity of frontline services to match the vision of high level policy.