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# drug abuse

Last year
2022
Voices
Opinion: Supervised drug injecting in Ireland – 10 years of advocacy, legislation and delays
2022 should be the year we open Ireland’s first Supervised Injecting Facility, write Tony Duffin of Ana Liffey Drug Project and Eugene McCann of Simon Fraser University
All time
Voices
Opinion: How the pandemic acted as a catalyst for change in delivering vital homelessness services
Tony Duffin, CEO of Ana Liffey Drug Project describes how a shift in policy around Covid-19 brought about the changes to drug treatment that had been sought for years.
Voices
Lynn Ruane: Drug courts are not the solution to Ireland's drug problem
We cannot have a National Drug Strategy that prefers the drug court to a health-focused approach.
# Claim
World Cup report leaves 'door open to drug abuse'
Bernard Laporte has raised the stakes in a bitter war of words over the destiny of the 2023 tournament.
# crisis point
No public health policy has 'been designed with the homeless population specifically in mind'
A new study has shown increases in the number of homeless people dying from drug and/or alcohol abuse and on methadone.
# Children's Court
Dublin girl left 'afraid to leave the house' following 'horrific' attack by teen she met on Facebook
The then 16-year-old boy assaulted the girl in Dublin’s city centre after meeting her online via Facebook in 2014.
# Addiction
Social work action 'unacceptably slow' in case of heroin user whose newborn died
The baby boy’s death was not reported to be connected to his mother’s drug use, but a report has criticised the seven-week delay in making contact with the woman.
# Inquest
Carrie Fisher's death caused by sleep apnea and 'other causes', coroner says
The legendary Star Wars actress died suddenly last December.
# 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.
# Courts
Youth who kicked his mother in the head during assaults spared jail
Defence solicitor Gareth Noble has said the boy is trying to rebuild his relationship with his mother.
# Addiction
'A place to rest, a place to chat - a safe harbour': Injecting centres get Cabinet approval
The first pilot centre is expected to be opened in Dublin in the autumn.
# drug abuse
France today opened its first ever supervised injecting centre for drug addicts
After years of campaigning, the centre opened in Paris today.
# Your Say
Poll: Would drug abuse on the street put you off shopping in an area?
Local businesses have come together on Dublin’s Mary Street to try and curb the problem of drug use in the alleyways behind their street.
# 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.
# Your Say
Poll: Would you welcome an injection centre in your area?
The first is due to open next year.
# Graphic
Cocaine cut with cattle de-wormer made this woman's skin rot
Levamisole is regularly used as an adulterant in cocaine.
Voices
Should we stop bringing criminal charges against those possessing drugs for personal use?
It’s important to consider what is meant by ‘decriminalisation’.
# scott county indiana
The shocking story of the rise of HIV in one rural American community
From 2009-2013, Scott County, Indiana had three HIV infections. There have been 142 since January.
# psychosis
This legendary TV presenter got off his face on skunk and said it was 'worse than a war zone'
All for science, of course.
# the whirlwind
Jimmy White: I smoked crack at Irish Masters, drugs cost me 10 world titles
The six-time world championship finalist opens up in his new book.
Voices
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.
Voices
Opinion: Addiction is often boiled down to sound bites – but the truth is complex
We need to reflect on how addiction affects an individual, their experience of seeking help, and what the throes of addiction are like.
Voices
Opinion: The 'War on Drugs' has failed – let's finally implement policies that make sense
Several drug-related deaths and hospitalisations this month demonstrate how our adherence to an overly-simplistic drug policy is misguided and dangerous.
# Care order
Drug and alcohol abuse leading to care proceedings for children
The latest report on child care law shows that the Child & Family Agency failed in its applications for care orders in three cases.
Voices
Column: Ongoing alcohol misuse in Ireland is ruining individuals and families
Over half of all Irish drinkers have a harmful pattern of drinking; don’t be fooled into thinking alcohol misuse is ‘normal’ or has no affect on your personal relationships, writes Tony Moore.
# Cannabis
6 things we learned from Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan’s Cannabis Regulation Bill
If this bill was made law, driving after using the drug would be legal and advertising cannabis products would also be allowed.
# Addiction
Drug users need our compassion, says Elton John
Pop star says stigma and criminalisation increases chance that users get caught in lifetime cycle of addiction and disease.
# Winehouse
Second inquest rules Amy Winehouse killed by accidental alcohol poisoning
The same verdict was given at a re-hearing of the inquest – which was ordered after it emerged that the first was heard by a coroner who did not have the correct qualifications.
Voices
My Christmas Day: ‘It’s just another day on the street for me’
‘Mike’ has no home to go to this Christmas. He describes what life is like on the streets – and how common death is.
# drug abuse
HSE warns of heroin which could be contaminated with anthrax
There are fears that a batch of heroin contaminated with anthrax could be about to reach Irish shores.
# Ecstasy
Ecstasy use falls by half but we're still boozing
Number of adults using drug falls from 1.2 per cent to 0.5 per cent in four years.
# Drugs
Prescription drug usage on the rise among women
A survey on drug consumption in Ireland has noted a “huge increase” in the usage of legally available opiates – particularly among women – prompting a call for the examination of how benzodiazepines are prescribed.
# gone to pot
Marijuana-shaped sweets spark outrage
‘Pothead’ range, which campaigners say trivialise illegal drug use, is in 1,000 US stores.
# Legal Injection
North America's only legal drug injection facility to stay open, says Canadian court
Canada’s Supreme Court ruled today against the government’s efforts to shut down the facility in Vancouver.
# drug abuse
Three generations of families gripped by drug abuse
Ballymun drugs project is now treating the grandchildren of people who used their services 30 years ago.