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Tuesday 30 May 2023 Dublin: 11°C


This year
# Drugs
Revenue seize MDMA tablets worth over €300,000 in Athlone
A parcel of MDMA weighing 5 kg was found with an address in Kildare written on it.
# Australia
Australia to legalise MDMA and magic mushrooms for medical use
The psychedelic substances will soon be used in the treatment of depression and post-traumatic stress.
Last year
# Festival
HSE screening at Electric Picnic found drugs not detected in Ireland before
The programme’s 46 samples also contained dangerously strong MDMA
# purple skulls
HSE warns about 'double strength' MDMA at Electric Picnic
The tablet’s contents are “approximately two times the average adult dose”.
# Drugs
'Medics are your mates': HSE launches harm-reduction campaign for drug users at music festivals
The campaign also urges festival-goers to ‘leave the mixing to the DJs’.
All time
# Dublin Airport
Revenue officers seize 2.4 kilos of MDMA from man at Dublin Airport
The seizure was made on 18 November.
# dublin 1
Pensioner charged after gardaí seize €320k worth of MDMA during stop and search
The drugs were seized in the Dublin 1 area on Monday night.
# Sweet nothing
French police's MDMA haul was actually strawberry sweets
The police had said their drug haul was worth around a million euros.
'He became a yoga instructor. That's the level of detail he would have gone into to try maximise his career'
Reflecting on the trophy-laden Dublin career of Michael Darragh Macauley.
# Leamington
Teenager dies and woman hospitalised in UK after taking 'red bull' MDMA pills
A number of others were admitted to hospital after suffering adverse effects, Warwickshire Police said.
# Lucan
Man (24) arrested after €100k worth of cocaine seized in Co Dublin
Smaller quantities of MDMA, cannabis herb and other drugs were also seized.
# Belfast
14-month-old girl suffered seizures after swallowing father's MDMA, court hears
Her father was given 18 months probation after pleading guilty to causing or procuring cruelty to a child.
# Drugs
Suspected MDMA worth €200,000 seized in Co Wexford
The drugs were seized after a car failed to stop at a garda checkpoint early this morning.
# Electric Picnic
'I took it and paid the price': Ex-Ireland's Got Talent contestant issues Electric Picnic drug warning
Brandon Webb was put into an induced coma last year after falling ill as a result of MDMA.
# Drug seizures
Four UK men arrested as Aussie police seize €55 million worth of 'highest purity recorded' MDMA
Police say the powder was destined to be processed into 12 million ecstasy pills to be sold across Australia.
# EU Drug report
Irish adults among Europe's biggest users of cocaine and MDMA as experts warn of 'Uberisation' of drugs trade
The findings were outlined in the EU’s drugs agency’s annual report today.
# chemsex
Messages highlighting dangers of drug use during sex need to target wider audience
Researchers say the messages should not only focus on gay and bisexual men.
# Score
High cocaine residues in Bristol, Amsterdam and Zurich wastewater - study
A European study also found that the use of MDMA had sharply increased, in recent years.
MDMA makes you more likely to cooperate, but only with trustworthy people - study
The team behind the study said their findings could help the treatment of psychiatric conditions such as PTSD.
# Seized
Man (20s) arrested as firearm and €60k worth of MDMA seized in Cork
The drugs were found during the search of a car at around 8.30pm yesterday evening.
# recreational drugs
'People tend to start doing cocaine because it's so much more socially acceptable'
Dominic McGrath reports on Dublin’s midnight scene.
# Ana Liffey Drug Project
'They're asking about MDMA, LSD and cocaine': Keeping people drug-safe at Electric Picnic
The Ana Liffey Drug Project is at Electric Picnic this weekend – and it has proved to be a busy few days so far.
# Navan
Cannabis and MDMA worth €335,000 seized in Meath
Three people have been arrested.
# fully functioning
'I'm hoping to right that wrong this summer' - MDMA delighted to be back on form
Dublin’s Michael Darragh Macauley put a frustrating, injury-hampered 2017 behind him with an impressive league campaign.
# Trial
Ecstasy may relieve Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in war veterans, firefighters and police officers
Sixteen participants who suffered from PTSD when they joined the trial no longer met the criteria for diagnosis.
# Plymouth
Police believe two teens who died took 'what they thought to have been MDMA'
An 18-year-old man is currently in police custody, awaiting questioning in relation to the incident.
Hoop dreams! Dublin midfielder follows Donaghy by joining Super League basketball side
Michael Darragh MacAuley will make his debut for Eanna on Thursday night in UCD.
# Drug use
Pill testing kits, chill-out rooms and free water: How to reduce harm from taking drugs in nightclubs
A new European guide on responding to drug problems was released today.
# safer from harm
'A lot of questions about ketamine' - keeping people drug-safe at Electric Picnic's welfare tent
The Ana Liffey Drug Project made its debut at this year’s festival – and it proved to be a busy three days for the volunteers.
# Drugs
Warnings over highly potent 'Pink Champagne’ MDMA after Manchester death
Experts say MDMA pills in Ireland have become increasingly potent in recent years.
# Clondalkin
Gardaí seize MDMA and heroin worth €1.1m in Dublin
Four men, ranging in age from their 30s to 60s, were arrested.
Man dies after 'dangerous drug incident' in Australia
Several other people were hospitalised and two men have been charged.
# Manchester
13-year-old in critical condition after taking suspected MDMA
Greater Manchester Police said that they had arrested a 15-year-old yesterday in relation to the incident.
# Cause of Death
Cocaine, ethanol and party drug MDA found in Scott Weiland's body
The Stone Temple Pilots singer died of “mixed drug toxicity” the medical examiner’s report said.
# United States
There's a plan to get the world's biggest club drug approved for medical use by 2021
It could be used as a viable treatment for use in psychotherapy to treat PTSD.
# Legal Highs
Students are using prescription medicines to get high
The use of ‘fat burning’ drugs is also on the rise.
# Bouncing Back
'I didn’t see it coming' - MDMA determined to bounce back from being dropped
The former Footballer of the Year had to settle for a place on the bench last time out.
Three arrests as 72,000 ecstasy pills are seized in Dublin
The tablets had an estimated street value of €720,000.
# global drug survey
Of 23,000 who say they took MDMA, 202 ended up in hospital
There has been a steady rise in the number of people seeking medical treatment after taking the drug over the past few years.
# global drug survey
Irish recreational drug users reveal cocaine and MDMA use - and talk 'mystery white powders'
Only one-fifth of those who admitted using cannabis do so for ‘medicinal purposes’.