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  • Gardaí and customs net €45m drugs in 40 operations

    Posted on July 22nd, 2013 TimB No comments

    More than 40 top-secret “controlled delivery operations” were conducted by gardaí and Customs last year, netting drugs worth over €45 million.

    The joint operations were responsible for almost half of the total value of drugs seized during 2012 (over €100m) and included the biggest-ever inland seizure of cocaine in the State.

    University graduate Garreth Hopkins was sentenced to 15 years last month in relation to the interception of 423kg of cocaine, with a nominal value of €30m, in June 2012.

    Given the high purity of the consignment — which would have been diluted multiple times — the final street value would have been at least €120m to €150m.

    A mid-term review of the National Drugs Strategy 2009-2016 said the haul resulted in the “disruption of a significant organised crime group”. It said there were 41 joint controlled delivery operations in 2012, involving gardaí and Customs and, in some cases, the Irish Medicines Board.

    “These operations resulted in the seizure of drugs with a street value in excess of €45m,” said the review.

    Controlled deliveries are where gardaí and Customs have information that drugs are due to be transported into the country.

    A surveillance operation is put in place and the drugs are allowed into the country. The haul and the courier are monitored, leading to the seizure of the drugs and the possible arrests of those receiving or transporting it.

    The review said the estimated street value of drugs seized more than doubled in 2012. It said gardaí and Customs were also represented in the Maritime Analysis and Operations Centre — Narcotics in Lisbon, which seized 9.6 tonnes of cocaine and 2.7 tonnes of cannabis in 2012.

    Elsewhere, the review said almost 100,000 syringes were handed out to nearly 3,600 intravenous drug users outside Dublin in the 10 months since a nationwide programme was established.

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  • Update on the Irish Pharmacy Needle Exchange

    Posted on July 15th, 2012 TimB No comments

    This video talks about development of the roll out of the pharmacy needle exchange service in Ireland.

    For further details on the service

  • Research on Drug Filters

    Posted on February 13th, 2012 TimB No comments

    Dr Jenny Scott, Senior Lecturer in Pharmacy Practice and Medicines Use at the University of Bath talking about her groundbreaking research quantifying the different aspects of the preparation of street drugs for injection.

    In this interview, she describes the different makeshift, and commercially available filters that are available, and talks about their use, and relative benefits in helping to prevent needle blockage, and serious health problems.

  • A comprehensive system of pharmaceutical care for drug misusers

    Posted on October 20th, 2010 TimB No comments

    This article outlines the evolution of a community pharmacy-based supervised consumption of methadone program in Grater Glasgow. The formalization of this program in 1994 promoted full patient compliance with the methadone regimen and reduced seepage of the drug to the illicit market. 184 of the area’s 215 community pharmacies now dispense methadone for the treatment of opiate dependence. Of these, 173 have a supplementary contract with the local health board to supervise the consumption of methadone on their premises. In addition 15 of “methadone” pharmacists are involved in the provision of a pharmacy based needle exchange scheme.

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    Posted on October 20th, 2010 TimB No comments

    Three hundred and sixty injecting drug users (IDUs) took part in a survey to assess the acceptance, effectiveness and efficiency of the provision of single use citric acid sachets to IDUs in Greater Glasgow and Lanarkshire.

    Overall, the introduction of the single use citric acid sachets has been very successful and well received by IDUs. The current provision of 100mg of citric acid in each sachet is sufficient for almost all users’ needs and most IDUs reported both using and preferring to use the sachets rather than other acidifiers.

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  • Community Pharmacy Services for Substance Misuse Review 2009 Forth Valley NHS

    Posted on March 29th, 2010 TimB No comments

    Community  pharmacists  continue  to  make  a  significant  contribution  to  the  care  and treatment  of  people  with  substance  misuse  problems.  Substance  misuse  is  one  of  the locally  negotiated  pharmacy  services  and  as  part  of  the  new  contract  a  national framework  is  in  development  which  will  define  specifications  and  tariff.  Until  these national  directives  are  confirmed,  Forth  Valley  community  pharmacy  substance  misuse services are delivered within the context of local service specifications.

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