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From TheJournal.ie 'You feel you can't get a job': Methadone users face stigma and isolation, new report finds Methadone

'You feel you can't get a job': Methadone users face stigma and isolation, new report finds

The research examines the experiences of 25 people who have been on methadone treatment.

From TheJournal.ie 'I started taking drugs when I was 12 ... it was just seen as a cool thing to do' Merchants Quay

'I started taking drugs when I was 12 ... it was just seen as a cool thing to do'

TheJournal.ie spent a morning this week at Merchant’s Quay Ireland, which provides assistance to homeless people and drug users in Dublin.

From TheJournal.ie Drug-testing roll out at music festivals and nightclubs to be examined by expert group Ireland's Drug Use

Drug-testing roll out at music festivals and nightclubs to be examined by expert group

Drug-testing is available in a number of other European countries.

From TheJournal.ie 'They're asking about MDMA, LSD and cocaine': Keeping people drug-safe at Electric Picnic Ana Liffey Drug Project

'They're asking about MDMA, LSD and cocaine': Keeping people drug-safe at Electric Picnic

The Ana Liffey Drug Project is at Electric Picnic this weekend – and it has proved to be a busy few days so far.

From TheJournal.ie Young adults in Ireland are taking more MDMA and cannabis than they used to Drug Report

Young adults in Ireland are taking more MDMA and cannabis than they used to

The latest European Drug Report has been released today.

From TheJournal.ie One in every five young adult deaths in the US is related to opioids Drug Use

One in every five young adult deaths in the US is related to opioids

The study found that the percentage of deaths attributed to opioids in the US increased by 292% from 2001 to 2016.

From TheJournal.ie HSE issues drug safety advice to Irish festivalgoers in wake of two deaths in UK Drug Use

HSE issues drug safety advice to Irish festivalgoers in wake of two deaths in UK

People are being asked to look after themselves and look out for their friends during the festival season.

From TheJournal.ie Grime star Stormzy hits back at Daily Mail for saying his music 'glorifies' cannabis use Skunk

Grime star Stormzy hits back at Daily Mail for saying his music 'glorifies' cannabis use

The newspaper claimed that grime music is ‘product placement’ for cannabis.

From TheJournal.ie 'I was nearly crying when I got accommodation. It's not just my home, it's a home for my children' Focus Ireland This post contains videos

'I was nearly crying when I got accommodation. It's not just my home, it's a home for my children'

Focus Ireland has supported over 14,000 people so far this year who are homeless or at risk of losing their home.

From TheJournal.ie Pill testing kits, chill-out rooms and free water: How to reduce harm from taking drugs in nightclubs Drug Use

Pill testing kits, chill-out rooms and free water: How to reduce harm from taking drugs in nightclubs

A new European guide on responding to drug problems was released today.

From TheJournal.ie 'I used to have to wash myself in a bookies every morning because there would be needles all over the hostel' Homeless Hostels

'I used to have to wash myself in a bookies every morning because there would be needles all over the hostel'

Merchant’s Quay Ireland is launching its annual review for 2016 today.

From TheJournal.ie HSE looking for company to operate pilot supervised injection centre Drug Use

HSE looking for company to operate pilot supervised injection centre

The facility will look “like any other health or social care premises” said a HSE national addiction lead.

From TheJournal.ie Social work action 'unacceptably slow' in case of heroin user whose newborn died Addiction

Social work action 'unacceptably slow' in case of heroin user whose newborn died

The baby boy’s death was not reported to be connected to his mother’s drug use, but a report has criticised the seven-week delay in making contact with the woman.

From TheJournal.ie Two million people are addicted to opioid drugs in US, with 90 dying every day Painkillers

Two million people are addicted to opioid drugs in US, with 90 dying every day

Many people buy pills illegally when their prescriptions run out.

From TheJournal.ie FactCheck: Has the rate of illegal drug use increased most among young Irish people? Factcheck

FactCheck: Has the rate of illegal drug use increased most among young Irish people?

The government says it has so we take a deep dive into who is taking what – and how often.

From TheJournal.ie The number of people seeking treatment over cocaine use at highest since 2010 Drug Treatment

The number of people seeking treatment over cocaine use at highest since 2010

The report found cannabis to be the second most common drug among those treated between 2009 and 2015.

From TheJournal.ie 'A great day for drug policy in Ireland': Supervised injecting centres get go-ahead Drug Abuse

'A great day for drug policy in Ireland': Supervised injecting centres get go-ahead

The proposed bill passed all stages of the Oireachtas today.

From TheJournal.ie Opinion: 'Ireland could lead the way in developing new human-centred approaches to drug use' Decriminalisation

Opinion: 'Ireland could lead the way in developing new human-centred approaches to drug use'

I am delighted to see this government’s commitment to properly evaluate how decriminalisation could work in an Irish context, writes Dr John Collins.

From TheJournal.ie FactCheck: How many detox beds are there in Ireland? Factcheck

FactCheck: How many detox beds are there in Ireland?

In three parts, FactCheck referees an argument between a Minister of State and a Dublin City Councillor over supervised injection centres. Tonight – Part One.

From TheJournal.ie Teenage boy kicked his mother in head during assaults Domestic Violence

Teenage boy kicked his mother in head during assaults

The boy, who has mental health and substance abuse issues, left his mother fearing for her life.

From TheJournal.ie These are the European cities that use the most drugs (based on their toilet water) In The Sewer

These are the European cities that use the most drugs (based on their toilet water)

The research observed a spike in drug use over the weekend.

From TheJournal.ie More US adults are using marijuana as they don't think it's harmful Cannabis

More US adults are using marijuana as they don't think it's harmful

There have been a number of calls for cannabis to be legalised in Ireland for medical reasons.

From TheJournal.ie 'We woke up in a tent last Christmas, now we have a home' SOPHIA

'We woke up in a tent last Christmas, now we have a home'

Simon Coveney opened new housing units for people who were homeless in Dublin today.

From TheJournal.ie Drug use: People in all kinds of venues taking ecstasy - not just dance clubs Pill Report

Drug use: People in all kinds of venues taking ecstasy - not just dance clubs

A new report from the EU looks at drug use across the continent.

From TheJournal.ie Plan to tackle drug use in laneway near busy Dublin shopping street Jervis Lane

Plan to tackle drug use in laneway near busy Dublin shopping street

Local businesses have reported open drug use, violence and sometimes sexual activity in the lane.

From TheJournal.ie Criminalising possession doesn't discourage use - we need real solutions Opinion

Criminalising possession doesn't discourage use - we need real solutions

Ultimately, drug policy is about two things – what works; and what is acceptable to people, writes Ana Liffey’s Tony Duffin.

From TheJournal.ie Where do Ireland's political parties stand on decriminalising cannabis? Drug Use

Where do Ireland's political parties stand on decriminalising cannabis?

Could Ireland go down the Portuguese route?

From TheJournal.ie Drug testing in nightclubs branded ‘knee-jerk reaction’ after Cork tragedy Radical Approach

Drug testing in nightclubs branded ‘knee-jerk reaction’ after Cork tragedy

Michaél Martin doesn’t seem keen on the idea after it was brought up by Leo Varadkar.

From TheJournal.ie Woman guilty of child abduction escapes jail but told to stay away from childcare facilities and schools Courts
From TheJournal.ie Of 23,000 who say they took MDMA, 202 ended up in hospital Global Drug Survey

Of 23,000 who say they took MDMA, 202 ended up in hospital

There has been a steady rise in the number of people seeking medical treatment after taking the drug over the past few years.

From TheJournal.ie How often do people use drugs while working? Most often around exam time anyway Boost

How often do people use drugs while working? Most often around exam time anyway

About one in eight Irish people who took a global survey admitted to doing it.

From TheJournal.ie Irish recreational drug users reveal cocaine and MDMA use - and talk 'mystery white powders' Global Drug Survey

Irish recreational drug users reveal cocaine and MDMA use - and talk 'mystery white powders'

Only one-fifth of those who admitted using cannabis do so for ‘medicinal purposes’.

From TheJournal.ie HIV is on the rise in Dublin Drug Use

HIV is on the rise in Dublin

There has been a spike in the number of cases among drug users.

From TheJournal.ie Ask The Expert: 'Every alley way in Dublin is used for public injecting at some point' Your Questions

Ask The Expert: 'Every alley way in Dublin is used for public injecting at some point'

The Ana Liffey Drug Project’s director dropped in to the newsroom for a chat this afternoon.

From TheJournal.ie “‘There’s no heroin here, it’s only a Dublin thing’ – it’s complete lies” Drug Use
From TheJournal.ie Care order extended for two young girls who described their mother as a 'junkie' Family Court

Care order extended for two young girls who described their mother as a 'junkie'

The children said their mum had been ‘sleepy’ and ‘dozy’ during access visits.

From TheJournal.ie Doctor's corner: The biggest problem with a zero tolerance approach to drug use Harm Reduction

Doctor's corner: The biggest problem with a zero tolerance approach to drug use

Alcohol is a drug. We have guidelines on its use aimed at reducing the long-term risk of health harms. So why not have guidelines for drugs?

From TheJournal.ie Teen cannabis-users ‘more likely to attempt suicide’ later in life Drug Use

Teen cannabis-users ‘more likely to attempt suicide’ later in life

A study published today also found they are less likely to finish secondary school or get a degree.

From TheJournal.ie Dublin Lord Mayor calls for task force to tackle inner city addiction problems Drug Use

Dublin Lord Mayor calls for task force to tackle inner city addiction problems

Christy Burke said that “certain senior politicians don’t see any votes in addiction, so they don’t see it as a priority”.

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