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...
Big increases in recorded drug crime outside Dublin

Big increases in recorded drug crime outside Dublin

The biggest increases in recorded drug crime countrywide are occurring outside of Dublin. Sizeable increases have been recorded in many locations in Cork, Kerry, Donegal, Sligo, Carlow, Louth, Mayo, Kildare and Westmeath. Garda sources believe higher disposable...
Cocaine epidemic sweeping across west of Ireland

Cocaine epidemic sweeping across west of Ireland

Politicians are claiming that a ‘cocaine epidemic’ is sweeping across parts of the west of Ireland. “We have never seen [amounts of] cocaine like this, we have never seen this amount of people who are taking cocaine”, said Maurice Quinlivan, Sinn Fein TD. Compared...