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# Drug Addiction

Last year
2023
Opinion: The Citizens' Assembly on Drug Use has a once-in-a-lifetime chance to effect change
Cocaine overtakes opiates to become Ireland's 'most common' problem drug
All time
Large numbers of people with drug addictions were 'left to kill themselves slowly' during lockdowns
Substance abuse support groups were classed as non-essential services for five months from March 2020, leaving people without a lifeline.
A survey of 157 drug and alcohol support services found that 84% of the support groups saw an increase in drug use among their clients.
“The ball was dropped by the government and people were left to kill themselves slowly for the first year of the pandemic," said one support worker.
Opinion: Most young people involved in street-level dealing are among our most vulnerable citizens
Opinion: It's time to get real about heroin addiction. It's time to decriminalise this drug
Lynn Ruane: Drug courts are not the solution to Ireland's drug problem
Harris says there are no plans to legalise cannabis in Ireland
PODCAST: 'I lost two sons to suicide - I want people to know it's okay to have problems'
76 hospital discharges of newborns with drug withdrawal symptoms last year
Should Ireland get rid of criminal penalties for drug possession? It has been successful elsewhere
'You junkie, you addict' - How stigma can prevent drug users getting the help they need
Dublin footballer Philly McMahon spoke about his brother's death on the Late Late and it was powerful television
'An opponent taunted me about his overdose' - Dublin footballer Philly McMahon on his brother's death
Scientists are using painkiller-addicted fish to develop new treatments for addicts
Social work action 'unacceptably slow' in case of heroin user whose newborn died
Teen accused of causing €50k damage at Oberstown young offenders centre
92 hospital discharges of newborns with drug withdrawal symptoms last year
'Sleep well, starling': Family and friends gather to remember activist Dara Quigley
There's been a surge in the number of US babies born with heroin withdrawal symptoms
'When there is somewhere safe for people to go and inject they will use it - I will use it'
FactCheck: Are there fewer gardaí dealing with a growing drugs problem?
People coming out of drug treatment programmes are relapsing because of the lack of housing
"I had a 14-day detox that sent me into horrible withdrawals... but I still went back to heroin"
The shocking story of the rise of HIV in one rural American community
'I lost the rag to make Joan Burton wake up'
'The morning my father was buried in Dublin, I was doing drugs down an alley in London'
Mother of drug addict explains how support group 'made me feel like I wasn't the only one heartbroken'
Dublin's drug situation hasn't gotten worse, it's just 'shifted to other areas'
Opinion: The sudden death of a young woman is not any less tragic for her being an addict
Researchers discover how the brain 'learns' cocaine addiction
Column: Meth is not glamorous – and nobody is immune to the tragedies it brings
Toxic cough syrup kills 24 people in Pakistan
The Evening Fix…now with added tomato sauce
Drug addiction treatment centre facing closure
Column: Amy Winehouse was an addict – and I know how that feels