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Tuesday 28 March 2023 Dublin: 8°C

# Ana Liffey Drug Project

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February 2023
# Limerick
Crack cocaine 'hit Limerick city like snow', drug users say
A dedicated addiction team has been formed to tackle crack cocaine use in the mid-west region.
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# Ana Liffey Drug Project
Covid housing supports allowed drug users to 'better engage with treatment services'
It also led to a decreased reliance on drugs and alcohol among some service users.
# intimidation
'They smashed every one of her windows': Parents of drug users at high risk of drug threats in Dublin's inner city
A new report on drug-related intimidation wil be launched today.
Opinion: The government's new drug policy will do nothing to end the stigmatisation of drug users
The government’s new drug possession policy is not likely to achieve its goals, writes Marcus Keane.
# safer from harm
'I was being punished for something I had no control over': Rachael Keogh 13 years after her addiction made national news
Rachael Keogh’s addiction came to light in 2006, when her mother shared photos of her ravaged arms.
# Poll
Majority of Irish people believe drug users should be dealt with by health services, not courts
Half of respondents disagreed that their loved ones should be prosecuted for drug use.
# risk warning
Drug users in Dublin consuming entire trays of prescription tablets
“People might not associate their intake of pills with increasing their overdose risk,” says Ana Liffey Drug Project CEO Tony Duffin.
What can Irish cities learn from the response to drug use in New Orleans?
There is an increasing recognition by police services that drug use is not a policing matter, but requires a health led response, writes Tony Duffin
# streets of limerick
'Life is so much more chaotic': A day on addiction outreach in Limerick city
Crack-cocaine is on the increase, and the housing crisis means people are spending prolonged periods in precarious living situations.
# Ana Liffey Drug Project
'They're asking about MDMA, LSD and cocaine': Keeping people drug-safe at Electric Picnic
The Ana Liffey Drug Project is at Electric Picnic this weekend – and it has proved to be a busy few days so far.
# harm reduction
Drug outreach services to be provided at Electric Picnic campsites
Medical professionals and other volunteers will be providing advice and other help in Stradbally.
# harm reduction
Fianna Fáil tweet about HSE being on crack 'not representative of party policy'
The tweet was quickly deleted after criticism online.
# top garda
Ex-Assistant Commissioner on drug debate: 'Our young people are criminalised, deprived of life chances'
After 40 years in the force, Jack Nolan said it would be difficult to claim there are less drugs available now.
# Crack Cocaine
Crack-cocaine use surging in Dublin city centre
Dealers began offering smaller, cheaper bags of the drug from last summer.
# safer from harm
'A lot of questions about ketamine' - keeping people drug-safe at Electric Picnic's welfare tent
The Ana Liffey Drug Project made its debut at this year’s festival – and it proved to be a busy three days for the volunteers.
# pill tests
HSE drug expert: We need to consider testing and amnesty bins for clubs and festivals
Amnesty bins aren’t possible right now, legally – but the option will be considered.
# chaotic life
'It takes me away from this world for the day': Life as a homeless drug-user on the streets of Dublin
What’s the day-to-day experience like for people injecting drugs in the city?
# drug abuse
'A great day for drug policy in Ireland': Supervised injecting centres get go-ahead
The proposed bill passed all stages of the Oireachtas today.
# elephant sedative
Warning to drug users over opioid 10,000 times more potent than morphine
Carfentanyl, which has caused deaths across the US and in the UK, has been detected in Northern Ireland.
# benzos
Fears 'risky new drug trend' could develop amid crackdown on prescription drugs
New rules tighten the restrictions around the possession of benzodiazepines and ‘z-drugs’.
# chaotic drug users
Crack-cocaine and synthetic cannabinoids: Concern over new drug trends in Dublin
There’s been an increase in the level of paraphernalia associated with smoking crack.
It's planned the first supervised injecting facility will open in 2017. So how did we get here?
People have reasonable fears about such centres – but those fears can be addressed, writes the Ana Liffey Drug Project’s Tony Duffin.
# supervised injecting centres
'People die in toilets, people die in urine-soaked stairwells'
An Oireachtas Health Committee is hearing submissions in relation to medically supervised injecting centres.
# snowblow
New HIV cases in injecting drug users had a big rise in 2015
A new campaign is being launched this morning which aims to highlight the issue for Irish AIDS Day.
# Your Say
Poll: Should there be a minister solely focused on tackling drugs?
Enda Kenny is set to reveal the new junior ministers this week.
# streets of dublin
The needles on the cobbles are nothing new - but the human excrement is shocking
A grim tour of the backstreets of the capital…
# what's in the pill
Drug-using students urged to be more careful when taking pills
The campaign is the first time a drug service has worked with Irish universities to develop drug-related resources aimed at students.
# polydrug use
"The stereotype of overdose is a person with a needle in their arm"
Today is International Overdose Awareness Day.
# streets of dublin
Just yards from the lattés and those craft beer bars ... dozens upon dozens of needles
Every alleyway in the city is being used for injecting…
# cycle of fear
'Hugely worrying' upsurge in violence among Dublin rough-sleepers
A number of attacks on charity workers have made the headlines in recent weeks. A leading campaigner says it’s ‘very tense’.
# 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.
Many of us will celebrate (or cope) this Christmas by using drink or drugs to excess
Everybody should be aware of simple, clear, ‘harm reduction’ messages writes Tony Duffin, Director of the Ana Liffey Drug Project.