On the Road to Preventing Drug-Driving

It is July of 2017, and the Road Safety Authority of Ireland has just launched the newest road safety campaign – the prevention of driving under the influence of drugs.‘There is no hiding drug-driving,’ the advert strikes against a black screen, a stark contrast to the almost surrealist inner-monologue portrayed beforehand and to how Irish…

UCC Students for Sensible Drug Policy push for ‘Yes’ vote in upcoming Decriminalisation Referendum

UCC’s Students’ Union may be adopting an official stance of support for the decriminalisation of drugs for personal use in Ireland following an upcoming University-wide referendum. The Referendum, campaigned for and achieved by UCC’s Students for Sensible Drug Policy organisation, will ask students whether UCCSU should “actively support and campaign for the decriminalisation of the…

UCC Set To Launch Drug Use Survey

Drugs. Many people use them, for many different reasons. College life may expose students to more situations where drug use is taking place. Irish research indicates that over 80% of Irish students have used a drug at some point in their lives and 40% of students have used a drug in the last month. The…

Do you like drugs?

I thought maybe it was just me; that now I am in my early twenties and in college I am more exposed to the drug culture that is most prevalent amongst college students and has always been there. But settling for this assumption, the assumption that this is just the way it is and always…

High times for harm reduction

13.8% of adults aged between 15 and 34 in Ireland have consumed cannabis in the last year. A figure that has increased from 10% in 2011. A larger amount of students are now using drugs, and yet very little is done at a governmental level to reduce the risks associated with substance use. Irish drug…

Irish Psychoactive Drug Users Aged 15-24 the Highest in Europe

The Union of Students of Ireland (USI), in partnership with Drugs.ie and the HSE, have launched a new harm reduction information campaign aimed at people who use new psychoactive substances (NPS). This comes in response to a recently released European Schools Survey Project on Alcohol and other Drugs (ESPAD) that indicated that the use of psychoactive…

Is a Liberal Drug Policy the Solution?

In recent times, there seems to be a growing interest in the idea of a more liberal drug policy in Ireland. If you are someone who considers this country’s drug policy to be unacceptable, or if you are someone who is considering getting on the liberal-drug-policy band wagon, then at the very least, I hope…

“N-Bomb” Drug Leaves Six in Hospital

Last Tuesday, six young people, aged 18 to 37, were admitted to hospital after taking a psychoactive substance, called 25I-NBOMe, while at a house party in Cork. The HSE confirmed that emergency services were called to the property on the South side of the city in the early hours of the morning. Gerard Banks, who…

Failures of the State & Drug Culture in Ireland

Molly’s at every party these days; the one that makes those around feel in tune with their surroundings rejoicing in this untouchable euphoric state. The one to rely on for those 6am tracks that haze around while others divulge in temporary love & affection for those around them. Sometimes you forget you don’t even know Molly that…