Covid-19 halting support for drug users and addicts

Covid-19 halting support for drug users and addicts

Merchants Quay Ireland (MQI), the State’s largest voluntary drug treatment centre, has had to close its premises and halt many core services including counselling, medical assessments, safe-injecting workshops and family supports. The Lantern, a residential...
Coronavirus likely to hit recreational cocaine use

Coronavirus likely to hit recreational cocaine use

The coronavirus outbreak will cut demand for cocaine and other drugs if it leads to hundreds of thousands of people losing their jobs, gardaí believe. “The recreational drug user – the guy who takes cocaine at weekends – may not be spending their money on cocaine, as...
Value of seized drugs plummets in 2019

Value of seized drugs plummets in 2019

The amount of drugs seized at Ireland’s ports and airports by Revenue customs officials has decreased by more than 400% over the past 2 years. The figures, released under the Freedom of Information Act, show the amount of drugs seized at four Irish airports (Cork,...
Could random drug tests tackle Galway’s cocaine problem?

Could random drug tests tackle Galway’s cocaine problem?

The Joint Policing Committee (JPC)’s Crime Prevention and Personal Safety subcommittee has recommended that Galway County Council and local gardaí examine the possibility of introducing random drug tests in schools. The suggestion was made after hearing evidence from...
Thousands march to take back control from drug gangs

Thousands march to take back control from drug gangs

Around 4000 people have walked from Drogheda’s Peace Bridge to the centre of the town, accompanied by the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and several party leaders, to give the message to those involved in drugs: ‘There is no place for you to live among us’. We want to take...