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Tuesday 28 March 2023 Dublin: 8°C

# Ana Liffey

Last year
# decriminalisation
Stigma around drug use preventing people from coming forward to access key supports
Tony Duffin, the CEO of the Ana Liffey Drug Project, said that there was a distinction between ‘drug use’ and ‘problematic drug use’
# streets of limerick
'The level of sickness we're seeing is massive': A day on addiction outreach in Limerick city
Drug workers in the city say the people seeking their services are more excluded and more unwell than ever.
All time
# Ana Liffey Drug Project
Covid housing supports allowed drug users to 'better engage with treatment services'
It also led to a decreased reliance on drugs and alcohol among some service users.
# Addiction
Report highlights increase in deaths involving street tablets in Ireland
The purchasing of drugs online brings significant regulatory challenges.
# Drugs
'Addiction doesn't stop during a pandemic, it gets worse': Methadone waiting lists virtually eliminated amid overdose fears
Drug users are at an increased risk of contracting Covid-19 – many suffer from underlying health conditions and don’t have a safe place to self-isolate if needed.
# safer from harm
'I was being punished for something I had no control over': Rachael Keogh 13 years after her addiction made national news
Rachael Keogh’s addiction came to light in 2006, when her mother shared photos of her ravaged arms.
# Practical Solutions
Intent 'should be key concern under drug decriminalisation laws'
Reasonable threshold limits and supportive sanctions should form part of a decriminalisation process, a new study argues.
# Naloxone
HSE offers training in treatment that can reverse drug overdoses
“Every use of Naloxone is potentially a life saved,” the HSE said.
# harm reduction
Drug outreach services to be provided at Electric Picnic campsites
Medical professionals and other volunteers will be providing advice and other help in Stradbally.
# top garda
Ex-Assistant Commissioner on drug debate: 'Our young people are criminalised, deprived of life chances'
After 40 years in the force, Jack Nolan said it would be difficult to claim there are less drugs available now.
# crack pipes
Increase in people smoking and injecting crack cocaine in Dublin
Some service users have been injecting the drug into the neck.
# benzos
Fears 'risky new drug trend' could develop amid crackdown on prescription drugs
New rules tighten the restrictions around the possession of benzodiazepines and ‘z-drugs’.
Drugs should be a priority issue for general election candidates - here's why
Drug use, mental health and homelessness are all interrelated issues. There’s no clear-cut solution, writes Tony Duffin.
# calls to action
Here are 15 PRACTICAL ways to help homeless people this Christmas and New Year
It can be as simple as treating someone with empathy when they approach you in the street.
# Drugs
Progressive laws and the Dark Web are changing the lives of Irish drug users
A government report recommended the decriminalisation of small amounts of cannabis, cocaine and heroin earlier this week.
# polydrug use
"The stereotype of overdose is a person with a needle in their arm"
Today is International Overdose Awareness Day.
# Sudden death
'Deeply worrying' increase in people huffing butane in Dublin city centre
It’s widely and cheaply available – but can lead to fits, short term memory loss and in some cases sudden death.
# streets of dublin
Just yards from the lattés and those craft beer bars ... dozens upon dozens of needles
Every alleyway in the city is being used for injecting…
# drug trends
People are sniffing cheap butane gas to get high on the streets of Dublin
The “old-school” gas sniffing is on the rise, says Ana Liffey director, Tony Duffin.
# inhalation
The new drugs minister describes his trip to Amsterdam as a young student
Aodhán Ó Ríordáin said he did what “most students” do.
# Drugs
'Drug that reverses heroin overdoses should be made more available'
Merchants Quay says one person dies of an overdose every day in Ireland.
# Drugs
Plans for new supervised drug injecting centre in Dublin
The Ana Liffey Drug Project also wants to develop a Naloxone programme and a crisis detox unit for drug users.