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# recreational drugs

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# recreational drugs
From Colombian cartels to grow-houses in Galway: where do Ireland's illegal drugs come from?
We look at the connection between international crime gangs and Irish customers.
# chasing the normal
'The invisible line': When a recreational drug habit becomes an addiction
A significant proportion of the population have experimented with drugs and for some this has been life-changing.
# opioids
The rise of opiates: How Ireland's 'broken' health service is behind a surge in prescription painkillers
The use of powerful painkillers has gradually risen in recent years.
# chemsex
How one drug can make sex euphoric, but also destroy lives
G is highly addictive and its use in Ireland is becoming more common.
# the small stuff
How the recreational user becomes the small-time dealer in the eyes of the law
Gardaí say young people who have never been in trouble with the law find it hard to understand that a normal part of their social lives is actually a serious criminal offence.
# recreational drugs
'People tend to start doing cocaine because it's so much more socially acceptable'
Dominic McGrath reports on Dublin’s midnight scene.
# The stats
Drugs in Ireland - what did we take before, what are we taking now?
For the Irish, when it comes to taking controlled substances, old habits die hard.
# recreational drugs
€200 million spent a year: How Ireland's recreational drug users are keeping the cartels in business
It is estimated that there are at least 20 million drug deals annually.
# blunt talk
British politician announces he uses poppers during debate on "legal highs" ban
Crispin Blunt was speaking against a proposed ban on the recreational drug, which is popular among gay men.
# GDS2015
What drugs are in your life? Global Drugs Survey 2015 wants to know is a media partner with an international project to gather judgement-free and confidential information on drug use.
# Drugs
Outlawed 'headshop' drugs still available at online stores
Users reported the banned substances, which are being shipped here by online retailers, can cause memory loss and blackouts.