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Up to half of cannabis users quit during lockdown

Up to half of Irish cannabis users surveyed said they have stopped or reduced their use of the drug during the first three months of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a new report.

A study by the EU drugs agency – based on surveys of users and experts – also highlighted a number of other trends in Ireland during the lockdown:

  • increased violence among high-risk users;
  • a rise in the severity and intensity of drug-related intimidation;
  • greater interest among users in home cultivation of drugs, particularly cannabis;
  • reduction in heroin use among high-risk users;
  • rise in demand for low-threshold substitution treatment, possibly due to a drop in heroin availability and less income among users to purchase the drug;
  • media reports of illegal raves outside of urban areas

The report by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction is part of a series examining the impact of Covid-19.

It is based on a survey of users as well as consultation with experts in EU countries.

Authors cautioned that web surveys were not representative of the general population but did provide a detailed picture of drug users difficult to reach by other means.


Source: Cormac O'Keeffe, Irish Examiner, 23rd June 2020

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