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Flakka blamed for rise of violence on Irish streets

Flakka blamed for rise of violence on Irish streets

The latest drug craze to have made its way from the USA is being blamed for the rise of violence on Irish streets. The synthetic drug Flakka, also known as gravel or bath salts, is a novel psychoactive substance (NPS) that can be smoked, injected or snorted. Users are...
Dying man convicted of first drug-driving charge

Dying man convicted of first drug-driving charge

The first person to be convicted of drug-driving in Ireland is a terminally-ill man who has to take over 20 tablets a day. Alan Croghan, a liver transplant patient, suffers from a number of illnesses and has less than 5 years to live. His conviction includes a 4-year...
Cocaine trade is booming but Irish users look to cut down

Cocaine trade is booming but Irish users look to cut down

A survey of illegal drug across the world has found that 54% of Irish respondents want to use less cocaine next year, and of this number 14% want help to do so. This compares to a global average of 41.5% and 12.7% respectively. The Global Drug Survey (GDS2019) asked...
Ireland’s cocaine issue must be tackled

Ireland’s cocaine issue must be tackled

Garda Chief Superintendent Christy Mangan has highlighted Ireland’s massive issue with cocaine. He warned that it was far worse than the heroin epidemic ever was and that the country would lose a generation of young people if the drugs problem wasn’t tackled as a...
Illegal drug use is becoming the ‘norm’ in Dublin

Illegal drug use is becoming the ‘norm’ in Dublin

Illegal drug use has become so common in Dublin that it is regarded as normal and not just the preserve of addicts, a new report states. The study, by Dr Matt Bowden from the Technical University Dublin, is for the Citywide Drugs Crisis Campaign and includes...