23rd April 2008
More than 12,700 people get treatment to combat drug use
MORE than 12,700 people are being treated for problem drug use, with about 8,600 of these getting the opiate substitute drug methadone, Pat Carey, Minister of State with special responsibility for Drugs Strategy and Community Affairs, said yesterday.
16th April 2008
Like all drunks, were in denial about reality
AS female celebrities glamourise alcohol addiction and we, the media, collude by plugging their books and failing to ask tough questions around their addictions, it’s hardly surprising more than a third of the women interviewed in the Sunday Independent/ Millward Brown IMS poll, 36 per cent, want easy access to buying alcohol. Excessive drinking, followed by a stint in rehab, is now de rigueur.
10th April 2008
Young People, Alcohol, and Drugs: A World of Solutions.
Juvenile Mental Health Matters are delighted to announce details of their 2008 Conference: YOUNG PEOPLE, ALCOHOL AND DRUGS: A WORLD OF SOLUTIONS. O’ Reilly Hall, University College Dublin, Friday May 23rd 2008.
7th April 2008
Community Methadone Detox – A New Interagency Approach
A breakfast seminar to discuss a new community detoxification pilot will take place in The Gresham Hotel tomorrow, 8th April.
4th April 2008
Drug users costing HSE €90m
Dramatic rise in number hospitalised for cocaine abuse
3rd April 2008
Seminar hears calls for expansion of needle exchange services across the country
Drugs service professionals attending a seminar on harm reduction services for drug users today heard calls for the urgent expansion of harm reduction services to address the high risks associated injecting drug use. The seminar ‘An Injection of Common Sense’ was organised to mark the launch a new guide on safer injecting techniques for drug users and was opened by the Minister of State, with Special Responsibility for the National Drug Strategy Mr. Pat Carey T.D.
31st March 2008
Chronic shortage of beds for addicts.
There are no dedicated residential beds to stabilise or detoxify drug addicts or alcoholics outside Dublin, according to a report by the HSE.
28th March 2008
Sale of BZP to be made illegal in New Zealand by April 1st
Retailers and manufacturers of benzylpiperazine (BZP) and related substances have only five days left to hand over their stocks to police before an amendment to the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975 (Within New Zealand) classifying these substances as controlled drugs comes into force.
26th March 2008
Four out of Ten people agree with the controversial view that women who drink or take drugs are part
Irish Examiner Report, March 26th 2008.
25th March 2008
Drug Use: A Reproductive and Sexual Health Perspective
A two-day event taking place in Dundalk, this conference is aimed at providing information to medical, nursing and all other professionals working directly and indirectly with the drug using community.