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# Substance Abuse

Last year
Report finds one in three young drinkers in Ireland have an alcohol use disorder
The number of young people abstaining from alcohol has increased from 11% in 2002 to 26% in 2019.
All time
Ed Sheeran says he took a year off music because he was 'slipping into substance abuse'
“I didn’t really notice it was happening… Then some people took me to one side and were like, calm yourself down.”
Ant McPartlin of Ant and Dec has spoken out about having problems with drugs and alcohol
The TV presenter is checking into rehab to get help for substance abuse.
Red tape and stigma are barriers to homeless seeking mental health services
Many get turned away if they have substance abuse difficulties – or even because they just don’t have an address.
Substance abuse: More than 20 doctors referred for help
The figures are in the latest Medical Council annual report.
Progressive laws and the Dark Web are changing the lives of Irish drug users
A government report recommended the decriminalisation of small amounts of cannabis, cocaine and heroin earlier this week.
Accidents are one of the biggest causes of death among people with ADHD
The risk of premature death among people with the disorder is more than twice the level of those without.
Opinion: Our harmful drinking culture impacts us all – we urgently need to tackle it
A hazardous level of alcohol consumption exists across Irish society, but women and young people are showing the most alarming trends.
Opinion: Codeine addiction has taken over my life – and yet I don't feel that I can stop
Are there many more codeine users in Ireland out there?
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.
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.
Toronto's controversial 'crack-smoking mayor' to enter rehab
A new video has emerged of Rob Ford allegedly smoking crack.
Column: Legislation changes our drugs landscape – but it isn’t a complete solution
It is time to acknowledge that drug and alcohol use is a part of modern society –and a public health issue to be managed, writes Tony Duffin.
Column: ‘NekNominations’ craze will soon pass – but our drinking culture won't
NekNominations are just the latest fad but we shouldn’t simply dismiss the problem or pass the buck to social media networks: Ireland’s attitude to binge drinking is dangerous and must change, writes Joe O’Connor.
Photos: This is what it’s like to be homeless in Silicon Valley
Despite being one of the richest areas in America, the number of homeless in Silicon Valley has risen by 7% over the past two years.
Rise in 'designer drugs' poses serious health risk: UN report
The report from the International Narcotics Control Board said Europe alone almost one new substance is appearing every week.
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.
"We're drinking too much as a country" - Shortall confirms alcohol restrictions
Junior minister says the cheap and easy availability of alcohol needs to be addressed to curb consumption.
Heir arrested after wife found dead at London home
The husband of one of Britain’s richest women has been arrested in connection with the discovery of her body at the couple’s west London home yesterday.
Houston autopsy report notes hole in singer's nose
The last report into the death of singer Whitney Houston attributes a nasal issue to ‘substance abuse’.
Poll: Should Ireland set a minimum price on alcohol?
The government intends to introduce a ‘price floor’ in attempts to curb alcohol abuse. Do you back their plan?
Alcohol-related deaths on the rise in Ireland
Statistics compiled by the Health Research Board show an increase in alcohol-related deaths since 2004.
Lindsay Lohan escapes jail on $300,000 bail
An arrest warrant was issued for the actor last week after she failed a court-appointed drug test.