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Drug harm-reduction campaign for music festivals

The HSE is to roll out a drug harm-reduction campaign for fans at music events — starting with the Body & Soul festival this weekend.

Its National Social Inclusion Office will have a team on site at the Westmeath festival to talk about drug trends and harm-reduction practices with attendees, and it says festival medics have been trained on emerging drug trends and substances in advance of the event.

Dr Eamon Keenan, from HSE’s national clinical lead-addiction services, stressed the risks associated with mixing drugs.

“We are aware that young people mix drugs, and of certain trends related to this, such as mixing cocaine and ketamine,” said Dr Keenan.

We are also aware that young people are using newer drugs such as 2-CB. Ireland ranks third highest for the use of cocaine in Europe and second for the use of MDMA, after the Netherlands.


 Source: Joe Leogue, The Irish Examiner, 20/06/19 

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