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Friday 24 March 2023 Dublin: 7°C

# Tony Duffin

Last month
February 2023
# Limerick
Crack cocaine 'hit Limerick city like snow', drug users say
A dedicated addiction team has been formed to tackle crack cocaine use in the mid-west region.
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’
All time
# Crack cocaine Ireland
Cheaper crack cocaine supplies in cities 'sees people travel from rural areas to buy the drug'
Tony Duffin of the Ana Liffey Drug Project believes a drop in crack cocaine cost is directly linked to increased supply.
# Homelessness
Deaths of two people sleeping rough in tents in Phoenix Park over Christmas confirmed
According to figures from the DRHE, there were at least 50 deaths among people who accessed homeless services in Dublin across last year.
# 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.
I felt intense pressure before I did my TEDx talk - but I'm very glad I did it. Here's what I learned
I delivered my talk with my legs shaking – but I managed it in one take, writes Tony Duffin.
# national drugs strategy
'It does not make sense': Concerns over reports that Government will continue to criminalise drug use
A working group on drug possession is expected to report to the Government in coming weeks.
# Poll
Majority of Irish people believe drug users should be dealt with by health services, not courts
Half of respondents disagreed that their loved ones should be prosecuted for drug use.
# Dublin
'We've been to too many funerals': Study shows one third of homeless deaths linked to drugs or alcohol
A new study looked at the deaths of over 200 homeless people in Dublin over five years.
# 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.
# Great Britain
Calls for highly potent cannabis to be made Class A drug after man cuts off penis and stabs mother
“You just can’t imagine anything like that actually happening. The whole episode was just surreal.”
# garda warning
Drug 100 times more potent than morphine being mixed with heroin and cocaine
Tony Duffin of Ana Liffey Drug Project says the trend is causing “great uncertainty and people are frightened”.
# drug abuse
'A great day for drug policy in Ireland': Supervised injecting centres get go-ahead
The proposed bill passed all stages of the Oireachtas today.
# 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’.
It's planned the first supervised injecting facility will open in 2017. So how did we get here?
People have reasonable fears about such centres – but those fears can be addressed, writes the Ana Liffey Drug Project’s Tony Duffin.
# supervised injecting centres
'People die in toilets, people die in urine-soaked stairwells'
An Oireachtas Health Committee is hearing submissions in relation to medically supervised injecting centres.
# streets of dublin
Dublin's drug laneways: One year on, the alleys are still littered with needles
The city centre this afternoon: used needles, a crack pipe – and a syringe just yards from playing children.
# Drug use
HIV is on the rise in Dublin
There has been a spike in the number of cases among drug users.
# cycle of fear
'Hugely worrying' upsurge in violence among Dublin rough-sleepers
A number of attacks on charity workers have made the headlines in recent weeks. A leading campaigner says it’s ‘very tense’.
# inhalation
The new drugs minister describes his trip to Amsterdam as a young student
Aodhán Ó Ríordáin said he did what “most students” do.
# Addiction
Is crystal meth on the rise? One Councillor says it's like Breaking Bad out there
As far back as 2012 Father Peter McVerry was warning that the drug was going to ravage areas in Ireland like it has done in the US.
# 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.