New drink-drive law could result in instant ban

New drink-drive law could result in instant ban

Despite taking more than 30 hours to pass through the Dáil amid chaotic scenes and accusations of filibustering which were levelled at TDs in the Rural Independent grouping, the Road Traffic Amendment bill will now go to President Michael D. Higgins for consideration....
Awareness campaign aims to reduce cocaine harm

Awareness campaign aims to reduce cocaine harm

An upward trend in cocaine use and cocaine-associated deaths has spurred a new campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of using cocaine (powder and crack), and how to reduce the harms associated with snorting, smoking or injecting the drug. Developed by the Ana...
Babies born with drug addiction need specialist help

Babies born with drug addiction need specialist help

A total of 76 newborn babies with drug addiction withdrawal symptoms were recorded last year in Ireland. Half of these discharges were from Dublin hospitals. There are currently three drug liaison midwives within the Dublin area, attached to each of the maternity...
Alcohol labels to include cancer warnings

Alcohol labels to include cancer warnings

A proposal for a specific warning on packaging to highlight the link between cancer and alcohol has gone to the European Commission and it has raised no objection. An Oireachtas Committee has been told that the Government intends to include these warnings on both...
Cannabis jelly sweets seized by Revenue officers

Cannabis jelly sweets seized by Revenue officers

This week, 2 kg of cannabis-infused jelly sweets together with 50 g of herbal cannabis were discovered in a parcel at Portlaoise Mail Centre, Co Laois. The parcel, declared as beauty products, originated in the USA and was destined for Dublin city. It was discovered...
Could serial killer’s daughter DNA solve cold cases?

Could serial killer’s daughter DNA solve cold cases?

The daughter of notorious US serial killer Michael ‘Bear’ Carson has offered her DNA to gardai in a bid to help solve cold case murders. Michael Carson and his second wife Suzan were convicted in 1984 of three brutal murders in Northern California....
Increasing use of MDMA and cannabis in young adults

Increasing use of MDMA and cannabis in young adults

The latest European Drug Report has highlighted a worrying trend in drug use among young adults in Ireland. The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) report looks at trends in drugs use, supply, prevention, enforcement and healthcare...
Drug mules warned after latest death

Drug mules warned after latest death

A coroner has warned drug mules that they are playing Russian roulette after a Brazilian man suffered a painful death when one of the cocaine pellets he had ingested burst on a flight from Lisbon to Dublin. The 24-year-old was reported to be carrying 1 kg of cocaine...
Prisoners more prone to drug use

Prisoners more prone to drug use

Rates of substance misuse, psychosis and homelessness are significantly higher among Irish prisoners than among the general population. According to researchers at the University of Limerick, half of the prison population have an alcohol or drug disorder. The...