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Wednesday 1 February 2023 Dublin: 8°C

# Drugs

Last year
2022
# lack of support
Large numbers of people with drug addictions were 'left to kill themselves slowly' during lockdowns
Substance abuse support groups were closed for five months in 2020 – with catastrophic impacts for the people who attend them.
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.
'No plans' to reinstate HSE rehab unit closed during pandemic
Over 3,500 on wait list for a detox bed, with over 140 residential beds still closed
All time
# saol
'They showed me I mattered': Women explain how inner city project helped transform their lives
The Saol service works to help women in Dublin recovering from addiction.
# High Court
High Court challenge alleges Irish anti-drug legislation is against EU free movement of goods
The action has been brought by the owner of a shop which allegedly sells products containing traces of a cannabis related chemical.
Voices
Cannabis should be regulated, taxed and taken out of the hands of dangerous drug cartels
Dr Garrett McGovern says that regulating the drug would allow it to be researched with more accuracy and protect young people from its harms.
# Court
Sixteen people charged over street-level drug dealing in Waterford
They are due to appear in court this morning.
# operation tara
Gardaí seize cannabis worth €286,000 in Dublin
The drugs were seized in the course of an operation in Dublin yesterday.
# Garda
'600 lines of inquiry' in retired garda cannabis probe, court hears
Retired Superintendent John Murphy, 61, was charged with possessing cannabis worth over €13,000 at his home.
# global drugs survey
People in Ireland have the most regret over being drunk globally, new study shows
The Global Drug Survey 2021 shows respondents in Ireland got drunk an average of 14.6 times a year.
898 people in Ireland participated in the Global Drug Survey 2021.
The survey shows respondents in Ireland got drunk an average of 14.6 times a year.
On average, respondents from Ireland felt the most regret over getting drunk this year globally, regretting it 28.4% of the time.
# Tallaght
Tallaght services seeing crisis in community over crack cocaine, TDs told
The Tallaght Drugs and Alcohol Task Force appeared before the Oireachtas Committee on Health today.
# Crime
Two arrested after seizure of more than €1.3 million worth of cannabis in Dublin
It follows garda searches of properties in the capital last night.
# Cannabis
Second man (40s) charged after discovery of cannabis growhouse in Sligo
Cannabis plants and a quantity of cannabis herb were seized.
# Sligo
Man charged after discovery of cannabis growhouse in Sligo
Cannabis plants and a quantity of cannabis herb were seized.
# co meath
Two men arrested after €1.94 million worth of herbal cannabis seized during Garda raid
The drugs were seized during a search of a premises in the Rathfeigh area of Co Meath.
# forensic science ireland
Forensic lab prioritising large drug seizures over personal use cases
Forensic Science Ireland is under increasing pressure to test drug samples as huge numbers of seizures are made.
# Seized
Over €159k worth of cannabis and ecstasy uncovered in parcels labelled as herbal tea
This seizure is part of Revenue’s ongoing operations targeting the importation of illegal drugs.
# Addiction Services
Crack cocaine 'causing chaos and destruction' in Tallaght-Whitechurch areas, says new report
The report details that the “onset of crack cocaine” has left its services “at breaking point”.
# Seizure
Two men arrested after gardaí seized 58 kilos of cannabis worth nearly €350k
The men were arrested in the Dublin 2 area of the capital.
# Seized
Man due in court over seizure of €150k worth of suspected cannabis in Monaghan
The drugs were seized following the search of a house in Monaghan on Monday.
# dark web
Europol reports several high-profile targets were caught in a major dark-web bust
Europe’s policing agency said the alleged operator’s arrest provided a ‘trove of evidence’
Gardaí seize €150,000 worth of suspected cannabis in Monaghan
A man in his 20s was arrested at the scene
# bunclody
Man arrested as €304k worth of cannabis and cocaine seized during Garda raid of Wexford home
A number of mobile phones and other drug paraphernalia were seized at the scene.
# Carlow
Man arrested after gardaí seize €460k worth of cannabis during stop and search of vehicle
The vehicle was stopped on the M9 motorway yesterday.
# dublin 1
Pensioner charged after gardaí seize €320k worth of MDMA during stop and search
The drugs were seized in the Dublin 1 area on Monday night.
# Ballinamore
Man charged over seizure of €55k worth of cannabis herb and cocaine in Leitrim
He will appear before Carrick-on-Shannon District Court on Tuesday.
# Ringsend
Man arrested after Gardaí seize €123,000 worth of drugs in Dublin
Around €14,000 in cash was also seized during the search operation.
# Seized
Two men arrested after cannabis worth €1.18 million seized in Kilkenny
Both men are detained pursuant to Section 2 of the Criminal Justice (Drug Trafficking) Act 1996.
# Seized
Man charged after being arrested at Dublin Airport as over €60k worth of drugs seized
More than €60,000 worth of Alprazolam tablets were seized.
# UK
Dangerous levels of drugs found in river running through Glastonbury Festival, researchers find
Levels of MDMA and cocaine in the water were so high it could be harming wildlife further downstream, the study found.
# Seized
Over €144,000 worth of illegal drugs seized at Dublin Mail Centre
Herbal cannabis, khat, amphetamine and methamphetamine were among drugs seized.
# Laois
Gardaí seize €2.1 million worth of suspected cannabis found in boxes of vegetables in Laois
One man, aged in his 20s, was arrested at the scene.
# Louth
Three men arrested after €384k worth of cannabis plants seized in large scale operation
A number of searches were conducted under warrant at suspected cannabis growhouses this morning.
# Ashbourne
Cannabis worth €1.3 million seized in Co Meath
Approximately 1,100 cannabis plants were discovered during the search operation.
# operation tara
Garda dog sniffs out €35,000 worth of suspected drugs at Cork train station
Rex identified a male passenger during the patrol of a train station yesterday.
# Collooney
Man charged in connection with Sligo seizure of cannabis and cocaine worth €106,000
Cannabis herb, cannabis resin, cannabis jellies and cocaine were seized.
# Gardaí
Man arrested for €650,000 worth of benzodiazepines in Dundalk has been released
The man was arrested following a search on Thursday evening.
# Dundalk
Man (30s) arrested after gardaí seize €650,000 of benzodiazepine tablets
Gardaí discovered a number of black bin bags which contained suspected benzodiazepine tablets.
# Rosslare Port
€12.3m worth of heroin found inside the body work of a cherry picker in Rosslare
Revenue officers and anti-organised crime detectives are now investigating who ordered the drugs.
# Smuggling
Revenue seizes 7.2 million cigarettes with an estimated retail value of €5m
The cigarettes were discovered inside a container using Revenue’s mobile x-ray scanner.
# Money Laundering
Car, cocaine and €24,000 in cash seized by CAB in Sligo
In addition to the items seized, €151,000 in financial accounts was frozen.
# Drugs
More people are using cocaine and ecstasy, but slightly fewer are using cannabis
Men are more than twice as likely as women to use drugs, according to a new survey.