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...
Ireland tackles its teenage drink and drugs crisis

Ireland tackles its teenage drink and drugs crisis

A task force in the west of Ireland is using Iceland’s model for reducing alcohol and drug abuse among teenagers. In Iceland 20 years ago, almost 25% of 15–16-year olds were smoking every day, more than 40% had got drunk in the past month and 17% had tried cannabis....
Irish communities severely affected by drug gang violence

Irish communities severely affected by drug gang violence

Violence and intimidation by drug gangs has severely affected communities in Ireland and had a major impact on individuals, their families and the functioning of local services. This is the finding of Europol’s 2019 Drug Markets Report. The huge amount of money spent...
Over 100 babies born addicted to drugs in 2018

Over 100 babies born addicted to drugs in 2018

Last year, hospitals in Ireland recorded one case every 3 days of a baby being born either addicted to, or severely affected by, alcohol or drugs. In all, there were 113 instances of a newborn baby being recorded as suffering from complications caused by their...