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# Drug Testing

This year
15 Defence Forces personnel dismissed or face dismissal from failing illicit drug tests in 2022
The Defence Forces last year spent €23,856 on drugs testing.
Drug 'surrender bins' to be in operation again at Electric Picnic, gardaí warn no amnesty given
The HSE screening team found drugs that had never been detected in the state before at the event last year.
97 drug samples surrendered for testing at Life Festival
The testing initiative aims to reduce drug-related harm at festivals.
Last year
New roadside drug testing system launched as part of Christmas and New Year road safety appeal
It works like an antigen test and delivers results in 2-8 minutes.
HSE screening at Electric Picnic found drugs not detected in Ireland before
The programme’s 46 samples also contained dangerously strong MDMA
Drug testing for Gardaí set to come into effect later this year
Consultation is currently ongoing with Garda Associations and Unions on drug testing.
All time
Mandatory drug testing for gardaí to begin this year
The system is expected to come into effect in the third quarter of the year.
Poll: Should drug testing facilities be available at music festivals?
Drug testing could be up and running for music festivals next summer (if they are able to take place).
Drug testing at music festivals will be ready to be rolled out by summer 2021
Junior Minister Frank Feighan says a working group has looked at the issues of drug testing and amnesty bins.
Dublin Bus is looking for a company to carry out drug and alcohol testing of employees
The company will be responsible for carrying out random tests on company workers.
Mageean: Drug-testers came to my boyfriend's house the day his granny was buried but I'm happy to be tested
Ciara Mageean says although anti-doping procedures can be disruptive, she’s happy to co-operate to keep the sport clean.
Two-thirds of drug drivers test positive for cannabis at roadside tests
Cocaine was the second main illicit drug detected in tests.
Poll: Should drug-testing be available at festivals?
The HSE has entered into talks with organisations that could provide drug-testing at festivals.
Talks underway between HSE and labs that could carry out drug-testing at festivals
A senior HSE doctor has outlined a number of ways drug-testing could be introduced in Ireland.
Drug-testing at Irish festivals: Government criticised for delays forming 'working group'
The working group was first floated in 2017 and was originally expected to be up and running earlier this year.
Drug-testing roll out at music festivals and nightclubs to be examined by expert group
Drug-testing is available in a number of other European countries.
Pill testing kits, chill-out rooms and free water: How to reduce harm from taking drugs in nightclubs
A new European guide on responding to drug problems was released today.
There will be blood... testing: PGA Tour to change anti-doping rules
To date, the PGA Tour has not implemented blood testing which can pick up HGH, unlike urine testing.
GAA players are a special case - so they should be drug tested even more
Tommy Martin believes drug testing of GAA players should be increased.
59 members of the Defence Forces tested positive for illegal drugs in the past five years
23 of the drug takers had to buy their way out of their military contracts.
Driver tests positive for cocaine in one of first drug tests - was already banned for 10 years
Gardaí administered the test on the N4 in west Dublin last night.
'I can have one joint, right?' Everything you need to know about roadside drug testing
New devices were unveiled to reporters today. Here’s what you need to know.
Drug testing in nightclubs branded 'knee-jerk reaction' after Cork tragedy
Michaél Martin doesn’t seem keen on the idea after it was brought up by Leo Varadkar.
Footballer charged with anti-doping violation involving recreational drug use
The player will contest the charge.
Uefa are clamping down on drugs in football with a new testing system
The governing body will be stepping up their efforts to keep the tournament clean.
The FA have decided not to punish Jake Livermore despite positive cocaine test
Jake Livermore’s newborn baby passed away shortly before his positive test
Bizarre incident involving Jose Aldo highlighted in UFC 189 drug test results
A total of seven fighters were tested in connection with UFC 189.
Gardaí will be able to test your saliva on the roadside by the end of this year
As part of the tender process, testing is currently underway so suitable devices can be chosen.
Here's how many members of the Defence Forces have failed drug tests
Compulsory random testing was introduced in 2003.
James Cluskey on Irish tennis' steady improvement and why drug testing in the sport is inept
The Dubliner also tells about just missing out on Wimbledon.
Sprint cases show drug testing works - IAAF
The statement comes after top sprinters Tyson Gay and Asafa Powell returned positive tests.
Paralympics 2012: Organisers defend Games drug-testing policy
There has been a 25 percent increase on the number of tests conducted in Beijing four years ago.
Drug testing of motorists to be introduced in new year
Drivers suspected of being under the influence of drugs will have to perform co-ordination tests – such as walking in a straight line or balancing on one leg – under plans announced by Minister Leo Varadkar.
Over 99% of Irish Defence Forces pass drug tests
The Defence Forces leads the way in Ireland with regard to workplace drug testing.