Decriminalisation of Drugs‘…a drug-free society is just not attainable. It’s just not realistic.’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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That is the firm opinion of Tony Geoghegan, Chief Executive of Merchants Quay Ireland, as articulated on Today with Sean O’Rourke this morning. And in fairness, he is not alone. Calls to decriminalise users of drugs have been made in the past by the likes of Fr. Peter McVerry, and many other campaigners and commentators worldwide. But it’s certainly not …

Drug Treatment Court‘It changes your life. For anyone that needs a second chance, all round, it’s great.’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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The Drug Treatment Court is a branch of the District Court that works directly with people with drug addiction problems through education and support programmes. Offering an alternative to custody, the court is different to regular District Courts, as it is a voluntary programme for people who have been found guilty or have pleaded guilty in the District Court to …

‘I was at Electric Picnic in 2007, took a pill on the Saturday night, and literally my whole life changed in that one night.’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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It was an extremely honest and frank interview this morning on Today with Sean O’Rourke, with writer and food columnist Sophie White taking the presenter through some of the most harrowing turning points in her life, from her father’s diagnosis with early onset Alzheimer’s in his fifties to her own mind-altering experience, following a disastrous encounter with a mysterious pill …

Buying on the ‘dark web’.‘It’s like Russian roulette with these. You don’t know whether you’re getting the drug you thought you got.’

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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The most disturbing part of Alistair McConnell’s report on the so-called ‘dark web’ on Today with Sean O’Rourke was the sheer ease with which he was able to acquire drugs, and potentially a range of other products, illegally sold online. Using a dark web browser, he was able to search online markets which offered him a range of headings such …

Drug abuse in rural Ireland.“Going to school, drugs were all over the place. Hash, weed, tablets.”

As heard on Today with Sean O'Rourke

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When we think about illegal drug use we tend to think of discarded needles in inner city streets. Visceral images of human devastation and the fallout from drug addiction tend to be inextricably linked, in news reporting and popular culture alike, to the urban environment. Think Adam and Paul, Lenny Abrahamson’s superb debut film. Or the now legendary RTÉ TV …