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  • Sex and drugs help add €1.2bn to Irish GDP

    Posted on July 4th, 2014 TimB No comments

    Prostitution and drugs accounted for €1.258bn to the country’s economic activity last year, according to the Central Statistics Office, which is refusing to divulge how it estimates the economic impact of illegal activity.

    The Government has been forced to revise how it accounts for economic activity following a new regulation from the EU Commission requiring all member states to include the ‘black market’ in their final tally.

    In the case of Ireland, 2013 nominal GDP increased from €164.1bn to €174.8bn. The narcotics and prostitution trades accounted for €1.258bn of this increase.

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  • Drug Education Advocate – Belfast Experts By Experience

    Posted on July 4th, 2014 TimB No comments

     

    Welcome to the second issue of Drug Education Advocate (DEA), produced by local activist group Belfast Experts By Experience (BEBE). In synch with the principles of BEBE, DEA seeks to challenge negative representations of drug users, promote harm reduction principles and act as a vessel for sharing knowledge between local and international harm reductionists.

    In June 2013 we launched the first issue of DEA at a Harm Reduction Café in Belfast (see article in centre page for details). The short history of DEA is fraught with excitement, frustration, exhaustion and a lot of craic. When we started out to produce a magazine we had no idea where it would lead us and definitely had no idea how much work it would entail.

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  • Drug use in Ireland and Northern Ireland 2010/11 drug prevalence survey: polydrug use results.

    Posted on July 4th, 2014 TimB No comments

    This bulletin presents key findings regarding polydrug use (the use of more than one substance within a specific time period) in Ireland. These are based on the drug prevalence survey of households in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

    A representative sample of adults aged between 15 and 64 years was sampled during late 2010 and early 2011. The bulletin presents prevalence rates for combinations of both legal and illegal drug use for the Republic of Ireland and also examines gender and age differences and the relationship between the use of a particular substance and the use of another substance. The survey was carried out according to standards set by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA).

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  • Harm reduction: It’s plain humanity

    Posted on June 19th, 2014 TimB No comments

  • Irish Drug trends, responses and unintended consequences

    Posted on May 8th, 2014 TimB No comments

  • Melanotan Injecting Survey Results

    Posted on May 6th, 2014 TimB No comments

    Due to the recent increase in publicity regarding the tanning substance Melanotan a brief survey was undertaken to gather further information about the prevalence of Melanotan injecting in Ireland .

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  • Mephedrone IV Audit Tool

    Posted on May 6th, 2014 TimB No comments

    This audit tool has been written by Dr. Adam Winstock & Tim Bingham. If its decided to use this within your drugs service we advise you to seek clinical governance with the clinical team

    Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions

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  • Report on Hepatitis C Notifications Quarter 3 2013 – Health Protection Surveillance Centre

    Posted on May 2nd, 2014 TimB No comments

    There were 225 notifications of hepatitis C in quarter 3 2013. This corresponds to a crude notification rate of 4.9 per 100,000 population. This is slightly higher than the 187 cases notified in Q2, but similar to Q1 (n=248). Hepatitis C notifications decreased significantly in 2012 (18%) and in 2013 to date (18%).

    Information on most likely risk factor was available for 58% (n=131) of cases in Q3. Seventy percent (n=91) of these were injecting drug users

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  • Survey – Impact of the Psychoactive Substance Act in Ireland

    Posted on April 25th, 2014 TimB No comments

    This survey is aimed at drug services which is being conducted by Tim Bingham and Professor Fiona Measham of Durham University. The aim of the survey is to assess the impact of the Novel Psychoactive Substance Act on services and clients.

    *Novel Psychoactive Substances includes any new substances or ‘legal highs’ regardless of legal status

    We would really appreciate it if you could spend a few minutes completing this survey

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  • Study on the prevalence of drug use, including intravenous drug use, and blood-borne viruses among the Irish prisoner population

    Posted on April 10th, 2014 TimB No comments

    Accurate up-to-date data on the extent of drug use and the prevalence of blood-borne viruses among the prisoner population are a necessary pre-requisite for health and social service planning and policy development. The most recent national study assessing the prevalence of blood-borne viruses, along with self-reported drug use within Irish prisons (Allwright et al., 1999), was carried out over a decade ago.

    This study was commissioned by the National Advisory Committee on Drugs (NACD)* in 2010 with the following objectives: to describe the nature, extent and pattern of consumption for different drugs among the prisoner population; to describe methods of drug use, including intravenous drug use, among the prisoner population; to estimate the prevalence of blood-borne viruses among the prisoner population and to identify associated risk behaviours; and to measure the uptake of individual drug treatment and harm reduction interventions (including hepatitis B vaccination) in prison.

    This study confirms that drug use, including injecting drug use, is a significant problem among prisoners in Ireland and suggests that drug-related factors are important in the acquisition of blood-borne viruses. The findings also show that prisoners who need services, such as the range of addiction services and detoxification, are very willing to use them when they are available. ‘In-prison’ uptake of testing and vaccination services confirms that prisons are appropriate settings for the provision of preventive, diagnostic and treatment services for drug users. It is hoped that the evidence provided in this study will facilitate service and policy development in this important area.

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