19th October 2009
Helpline identifies drug trends.
There were large increases in the numbers of inquiries about alcohol, cocaine, ecstasy and smoking heroin in Ireland in the second half of 2008, according to a European survey on identifying the emergence of new drugs and drug trends with the help of drug helplines.
13th October 2009
Gardaí to be given powers to catch drug drivers.
Gardai are to be given powers to help secure convictions for drug driving under a new Road Traffic Bill to be published shortly.
12th October 2009
€3m drug rehab drive for Munster.
Extra methadone clinics will be set up across Munster as part of a €3 million package announced yesterday to help heroin addicts.
8th October 2009
Heroin has replaced cannabis as second highest treated drug in the south east.
Heroin has replaced cannabis as the second highest treated drug in the south east, Health Service Executive figures show.
7th October 2009
Ireland cannot afford a failed drugs strategy.
“There are many things the country cannot afford and one of them is another failed drugs strategy,” the Fine Gael spokesperson on the National Drugs Strategy, Deputy Catherine Byrne, has said.
7th October 2009
Addiction service highlights extent of heroin abuse.
Almost three out of five young people attending one of the south’s largest addiction services are using heroin, compared to almost none three years ago.
1st October 2009
Funding of Government-led drug programme by charity causes concern.
The funding of a Government-led drug programme by a charity operating in developing countries raises serious questions about future drug funding, a leading voluntary drug service has said.
30th September 2009
New drugs.ie video: Message in a Bottle Alcohol Seminar Video Part 1
Ballymun Local Drugs Task Force, in conjunction with Dublin North East Local Drugs Task Force, held an alcohol policy seminar entitled ‘Message in a Bottle’ in the Carlton Airport Hotel, on September 16th 2009. The seminar intended to create discussion and debate about alcohol and its relationship with the individual, the community and the wider societal environment. This video features one of the seminar presentations by Stephen Rowen, a trained clinical social worker, specialist in addiction and former clinical director of the Rutland Centre.
29th September 2009
Heroin use a national crisis, says charity chief.
Heroin use has become a national crisis, the chief executive of drug addiction and homelessness charity Merchants Quay Ireland has said.
28th September 2009
Community protest against proposed cuts.
Hundreds of people who work in community projects such as family resource centres and drugs task forces will march on the Dáil on Wednesday to protest against the current and proposed cuts to their sector.