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  • Tim Bingham interview with NewsTalk

    Posted on December 10th, 2013 TimB No comments

    Tim talks about how the changing face of drug use and how people want to access information on how to use drugs more safely through social media and online website. He highlights how people are purchasing from the internet off sites like Silk Road and Topix.

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  • The City Clinic 20 Years of Reflections Remembrances and Recollections 1993 – 2013

    Posted on December 10th, 2013 TimB No comments

    City Clinic Methadone Maintenance treatment centre is situated in two cojoined buildings in 108/109 Amiens Street.
    The 1911 census recorded that a large number of families lived in both houses, similar to the many tenement dwellings
    that dotted the City. They had come from places like Donegal and Cork to find work in Dublin and there were yeast merchants, waitresses, travelling sales men,dressmakers and tailors.

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  • The Natural History of Injecting Drug Use in a Dublin Community (1985-1995)

    Posted on January 24th, 2013 TimB No comments

    This thesis puts opiate use into a historical, geographic and demographic context and then  outlines the impact of the emergence of HIV infection on the general population and in particular on injecting drug users.

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  • Fury over methadone clinic:Dublin

    Posted on April 2nd, 2010 TimB No comments

    Northside residents are up in arms over plans to open a methadone clinic in Dublin 15 – right next to a day-centre for people with intellectual disabilities and Down Syndrome. The clinic, which the Health Service Executive (HSE) describes as a “one stop shop” for drug addicts, will operate within feet of the Weavers and Tofa day centre in Coolmine Industrial Estate. Parents, who fear for the “exceptionally vulnerable and trusting” people who attend the craft centre, are calling for the clinic to be relocated.

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  • Study finds sharp rise in opiate use

    Posted on December 13th, 2009 TimB No comments

    The number opiate users in the State rose by more than 41 per cent between 2001 and 2006, according to a study by the National Advisory Committee on Drugs (NACD).

    But researchers said the rise was partially inflated by an expansion of the national methadone treatment programme and the statistical model used to collate the figures.

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  • Courthouses close to criminal cases

    Posted on December 13th, 2009 TimB No comments

    As the Bridewell on Chancery Street and the Special Criminal Court on Green Street close to criminal cases, thoughts turn to the trials prosecuted there and the people who took part

    This week Dublion District Court starts hearing criminal cases in the new Criminal Court Complex at Phoenix Park. On December 18th the Special Criminal Court hears its last criminal case, and next month will sit in the new building. This means that over the next two weeks the Bridewell courthouse on Chancery Street at the back of the Four Courts, and the Special Criminal Court on Green Street, will both close for criminal cases, bringing to an end two eras in Irish criminal justice, though the High Court will sit in them.

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  • Suspected drug-related deaths in Dublin

    Posted on December 3rd, 2009 TimB No comments

    There have been a number of suspected drug deaths in the last number of days in  Dublin ‘s Inner City, possibly heroin related.

    Using drugs is never without risk:

    • If you are using drugs, take smaller amounts to test it’s strength and effect on you.
    • It is safer not to use drugs alone.
    • OVERDOSE: Don’t panic. Put them in the recovery position, dial 999, ask for an ambulance and stay with them until the ambulance arrives.
    • If you are using drugs, buy only from a known trusted source. Although, this is no guarantee the drugs are safe…

    • Ana Liffey Drug Project

  • Health of the homeless in Dublin: has anything changed in the context of Ireland’s economic boom?

    Posted on October 21st, 2009 TimB No comments

    The link between homelessness and poor health is well established. The literature demonstrates higher mortality
    and morbidity rates and health risk taking behaviour among homeless populations compared to the housed populations.
    Despite the increased need for health care, studies have consistently demonstrated an under-utilisation of primary care
    services by homeless people while at the same time revealing high-attendance rates at secondary care services.

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  • Heroin addicts left waiting for methadone supplies

    Posted on August 10th, 2009 TimB No comments

    The withdrawal of hundreds of pharmacists from their State contracts is hampering the recovery of more than 5,000 stabilised heroin addicts across the country.

    The pharmacists involved in this dispute over fees say they will not supply heroin addicts with methadone to help them beat the craving for the drug.

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  • 550 addicts waiting years for methadone

    Posted on July 10th, 2009 TimB No comments

    The independant reports:

    Aroung 550 heroin addicts outside Dublin are waiting up to two years to get on the methadone maintenance programme.

    Although around 10,000 former addicts are receiving the heroin substitute from GPs and pharmacists around the country, there are long waiting lists in several counties outside Dublin such as Waterford (two years); Cork (10 months); Carlow (seven months); and Galway, Mayo and Roscommon (six months).

    And the Government has cut around €6m from the drugs budget, leaving it at €74m, which will have a knock-on effect on services around the country.

    At the Public Accounts Committee, Fine Gael committee chairman Bernard Allen said it was unacceptable heroin addicts had to wait so long to get help.

    “Surely anyone who presents for treatment needs attention straight away? That’s a useless approach,” he said.

    There was particular criticism of the situation in Cork and Waterford, where 40 heroin addicts have been waiting over two years for methadone treatment.

    Training

    But Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs assistant secretary Kathleen Stack said the problem in Waterford was a shortage of GPs who are trained to provide methadone.

    The HSE is to open new methadone clinics in Waterford, Limerick and Cork at the end of this year.

    It plans to cut waiting times to a maximum of three months by the end of this year.

    Most of the HSE’s 69 existing clinics are located in Dublin, which has the longest running heroin problem, and 43 of them have no waiting lists at all.

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