Drug possession system could cost up to €7m

Drug possession system could cost up to €7m

A softer State response to personal drug use will cost €4m to €7m a year to operate, it is estimated.

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Project diverting youths from drugs and gangs facing axe

Project diverting youths from drugs and gangs facing axe

An intensive street project aimed at diverting young people away from the drugs trade and criminal gangs faces the axe because of an impending funding crisis.

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Group express 'serious concern' over government proposals on drugs possession

Group express 'serious concern' over government proposals on drugs possession

More than 50 drug workers say they are “seriously concerned” at expected Government proposals to keep possession of drugs for personal use a criminal offence.

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Help for cocaine use trebles at Cork centre

Help for cocaine use trebles at Cork centre

The number of people seeking help for cocaine addiction has trebled since 2016, new treatment centre figures show.

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Report reveals 58 deaths due to overdoses and notes rise in risky drug injecting in Cork City

Report reveals 58 deaths due to overdoses and notes rise in risky drug injecting in Cork City

Drug services in Cork City have noticed “increases in dangerous injecting practices” among drug users, according to new research.

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Ireland near top for opioid deaths as number of fatalities increase

Ireland near top for opioid deaths as number of fatalities increase

Ireland is near the top of the table of 25 countries for opioid-related drug deaths, according to new research.

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Harris: More needs to be done to raise awareness of risks of cocaine usage

Harris: More needs to be done to raise awareness of risks of cocaine usage

The comment comes after the Chief Superintendent of the Louth division said the country was "loaded" with the drug.

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Heroin the most common drug taken for drug users treated in 2017

Heroin the most common drug taken for drug users treated in 2017

Almost 9,000 people were treated for problem drug use in 2017.

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Groups make push for to decriminalise drug possession

Groups make push for to decriminalise drug possession

Community groups at the frontline of the drugs crisis are making a final push in urging a State group to recommend decriminalisation of possession of drugs for personal use.

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Garda figures indicate big rise in cocaine trafficking

Garda figures indicate big rise in cocaine trafficking

Garda figures appear to indicate a sharp rise in the quantity of cocaine being trafficked into the country, replicating trends across Europe.

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State committee mulls drugs diversion scheme

State committee mulls drugs diversion scheme

A State committee examining Ireland’s laws on the possession of drugs for personal use is thought to be favouring a diversion scheme, the Irish Examiner understands.

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Time to give serious consideration to cancelling Christmas in future

Time to give serious consideration to cancelling Christmas in future

Turning a blind eye to homelessness and drug addiction is not Christian behaviour, says Gerard Howlin

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Residents of Meath village unite to stop drug dealers

Residents of Meath village unite to stop drug dealers

Children as young as 12 used to collect drug debts, meeting hears

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Cocaine cases at Kerry treatment centre double in 2017

Cocaine cases at Kerry treatment centre double in 2017

A well-known addiction centre dealt with twice as many people with problem cocaine use last year than it did in 2016.

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Increase in services must accompany relaxed drug laws, group argues

Increase in services must accompany relaxed drug laws, group argues

Cormac O’Keeffe A massive investment in services for drug-users must accompany the decriminalisation of drugs for personal use, a coalition of local drug groups says.

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More than one in four people have taken an illegal drug

More than one in four people have taken an illegal drug

Cannabis continues to be the most commonly used drug in Ireland.

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‘Tsunami’ of cocaine flooding Europe

‘Tsunami’ of cocaine flooding Europe

In excess of €500m worth of drugs have been seized by European law enforcement agencies since the start of the year, reflecting a substantial increase in trafficking across the Atlantic and Mediterranean.

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40% of those taking methadone are on it for 10 years

40% of those taking methadone are on it for 10 years

Four out of ten people on methadone, the legal substitute for heroin addiction, have been on the drug for at least 10 years.

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Special policing need for injection centre, says charity organiser Tony Geoghegan

Special policing need for injection centre, says charity organiser Tony Geoghegan

A “dedicated” policing service must be part of a compensation package to communities and businesses affected by the State’s first injecting centre for heroin users, according to the head of the charity awarded the contract to run the service.

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Ireland should follow Portugal and decriminalise personal drug use, says addiction specialist

Ireland should follow Portugal and decriminalise personal drug use, says addiction specialist

Addiction specialist Dr Garrett McGovren says the Portuguese who decriminalised drug use nearly 20 years ago have the lowest number of fatal overdoses in Europe.

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