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Is constant monitoring the answer to excess drinking?

Is constant monitoring the answer to excess drinking?

Following the recent Drinkaware survey that found that 74% of people think drinking to excess is just part of Irish culture, the charity has announced that reducing alcohol misuse is one of its three key areas to tackle. The two others being to tackle underage...
Drug testing cannabis

Drug testing cannabis

A wide variety of tests can be used to detect cannabis, including urine, oral fluid, hair as well as nail clippings. All of these tests vary in their windows of detection so recent or chronic use can be established. In addition, ingestion as opposed to environmental...
Privacy and DNA testing

Privacy and DNA testing

DNA is valuable. Last year, the pharma giant GlaxoSmithKline announced a $300 million deal with 23andMe to use home DNA results from its 5 million customers for new drug research. At the end of last year, Genomics Medicine Ireland announced it intended to gather DNA...
Cocaine use is fourth highest rate globally

Cocaine use is fourth highest rate globally

Irish users go through an average of 0.6 g of cocaine on a single occasion, making this the fourth highest rate internationally. That puts Ireland ahead of the USA in fifth place, but behind Scotland, which has the highest rate of cocaine consumption per session at...
Drug testing cannabis

Drug testing cannabis

The strength of Irish cannabis has more than doubled in the last decade leading to increasing numbers of young people seeking treatment for addiction and psychosis. The strength of cannabis resin coming from Morocco, in particular, has been increasing at a...
Dublin Christmas drugs seizures

Dublin Christmas drugs seizures

Six people have been arrested after gardaí­ seized drugs with a total street value of 4 million Euros in three separate operations in Dublin. John O’Driscoll, the Assistant Commissioner of Special Crime Operations, told RTÉ that police were aware of an increased...
Chemsex party drug use on the rise

Chemsex party drug use on the rise

Chemsex is a type of drug use which has seen its popularity surge in recent months. The term describes the use of drugs such as gamma hydroxybutyrate (GHB), gamma butyrolactone (GBL), crystal methamphetamine, ketamine and mephedrone to enhance sexual activity. GHB and...
Is drinking to excess part of Irish culture?

Is drinking to excess part of Irish culture?

A new survey has found that 74% of people think drinking to excess is just a part of Irish culture. The Drinkaware research, which surveyed 1000 adults, defined two groups as hazardous drinkers (who made up 21%) and a 23% subset classified as potential risk. These two...
DNA to be shared across EU

DNA to be shared across EU

DNA profiles and fingerprints will be freely shared between EU member states after a legal provision comes into effect today. The hope is that the sharing of forensic data will prevent cross-border crime and close the net on criminals who travel from one country to...
Philippines proposes drug testing children

Philippines proposes drug testing children

The Philippines drugs agency has proposed mandatory drug testing all schoolchildren aged 9 years old and above. Testing all private and state school students from Grade 4 (aged 9–10) has been proposed by Aaron Aquino, the director of the Philippines Drug Enforcement...