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The Explainer: What caused dozens of overdoses in Dublin recently?
This week on The Explainer, we’re joined by Dr Austin O Carroll, a GP who specialises in addiction services, to look closer at what happened and find out more about these synthetic opioids. We also examine where all of this fits into the concerns around fentanyl and the possibility of its arrival in Ireland.
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Report highlights increase in deaths involving street tablets in Ireland
The purchasing of drugs online brings significant regulatory challenges.
Three charged with providing drugs that killed rapper Mac Miller
Miller (26) died last year of an accidental overdose of the powerful opioid fentanyl.
Lynn Ruane: The overdose drug Naloxone can save lives so let's remove the barriers to accessing it
There are more deaths in Ireland as a result of overdose than road traffic accidents and many of these deaths are preventable, writes senator Lynn Ruane.
'We've been to too many funerals': Study shows one third of homeless deaths linked to drugs or alcohol
A new study looked at the deaths of over 200 homeless people in Dublin over five years.
How one drug can make sex euphoric, but also destroy lives
G is highly addictive and its use in Ireland is becoming more common.
HSE offers training in treatment that can reverse drug overdoses
“Every use of Naloxone is potentially a life saved,” the HSE said.
Prince's family to sue doctor over 'failing to treat opioid addiction'
Prince Rogers Nelson died of an accidental overdose of fentanyl on 15 April 2016.
Man arrested after 46 people overdose at park in Connecticut
No deaths were reported, but officials said two people suffered life-threatening symptoms.
'I now need time to heal': Demi Lovato speaks out for first time since hospitalisation
“What I’ve learned is that this illness is not something that disappears or fades with time.”
Demi Lovato rushed to hospital following suspected heroin overdose
The 25-year-old singer has struggled with addiction problems in the past.
Prince toxicology report shows very high level of fentanyl drug, experts say
Price was found unresponsive in a lift in his estate on 21 April 2016.
Singer Tom Petty died of accidental drug overdose, medical examiner says
The 66-year-old passed away on 3 October 2017.
Calls for a heroin 'overdose antidote' to be made more available to addicts' families
Naloxone may have saved 98 lives in Northern Ireland over five years.
Suicide, overdose, sudden infant death: Children who died while in contact with social services
The National Review Panel released five case studies of vulnerable children who died.
'The whole thing took five minutes': Young woman talks about saving the life of a heroin addict
Melanie Froud has worked with homeless shelters for the past nine years, but it was only last October that she was able to save someone’s life, with a new overdose drug.
Counterfeit pills found at Prince's estate contained drug 50 times more powerful than heroin
Autopsy results released in June show Prince died of an accidental fentanyl overdose.
Cork house party shows the 'don't take drugs' message just won't cut it
Six young people were hospitalised after a house party in the south of Cork. The issue can no longer be ignored, writes Graham de Barra.
Mother tells inquest that son who overdosed 'should never have been let out of hospital'
Glen Murphy McNally died days after discharging himself. An open verdict was returned at the inquest.
"The stereotype of overdose is a person with a needle in their arm"
Today is International Overdose Awareness Day.
Watch: Man who took heroin overdose gets aggressive with Cork paramedics
He was not breathing when the paramedics arrived on the scene.
These emergency drugs may be more easily available after death of 14-year-old girl
The government wants your opinion…
Man aged in his 50s dies of suspected drug overdose
The Ana-Liffey Drug Project says it sees a rise in overdoses at this time of the year.
'Drug that reverses heroin overdoses should be made more available'
Merchants Quay says one person dies of an overdose every day in Ireland.
Calls for supervised injecting centres as 'far more people die from overdose than on Irish roads'
“Each death is just as devastating to the children, families and friends of those who die.”
Peaches' death was "tragic parallel" of her mother's overdose
The daughter of Bob Geldof was found dead at her home in Kent last month.
Column: Philip Seymour Hoffman's death challenges our cosy stereotypes about addicts
For a short period, at least, death from heroin overdose has moved from the category of ‘things that will never happen to me or my friends’ to ‘things that can happen to anyone’, writes Tony Duffin.
Fifty bags of heroin found in Philip Seymour Hoffman's apartment
The results of an autopsy may be known today.
How more people died on methadone than heroin in Ireland
It’s not what you might have expected but the number of methadone users who died doubled in just one year.
One person dies from a drug overdose every day in Ireland
New figures on drugs-related deaths in Ireland show that the number of people who have died from cocaine misuse has halved in four years.
Glee actor Cory Monteith died from heroin and alcohol overdose
The 31-year-old was found dead in his hotel room in Vancouver on Saturday.
New Amy Winehouse inquest to be held next month
An investigation revealed the coroner in the inquest did not have the requisite experience for the role.
Post-mortems due on two dead after suspected 'potent' heroin in Cork
The HSE has warned drug users to be careful after two people died and eight others were hospitalised in the past two days.
Three die from overdoses including one who collapsed at Phoenix Park gig
Gardaí have confirmed the death of one as yet unidentified man who collapsed prior to the Swedish House Mafia concert in the Dublin park. Two other males are believed to have died later in the night.
Conrad Murray sentenced to four years imprisonment over Michael Jackson death
In sentencing Judge Michael Pastor repeatedly chastised Murray for what he called a “horrific violation of trust” while caring for Jackson.
Ireland has third-highest rate of drug deaths in Europe
The annual report of the EU drugs agency also found that Ireland has the highest rate of heroin use in Europe.