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    Posted on July 23rd, 2013 TimB No comments

    The purpose of this alert is to offer advice on recognising and managing individuals who present to health services for help after taking ecstasy-like tablets, and which may have contained PMA, MDMA or other similar stimulants.


  • What MDMA is doing to your brain

    Posted on September 13th, 2012 TimB No comments

  • Gardai say more certain to die from lethal cocktail of drink and drugs

    Posted on July 16th, 2012 TimB No comments

    An increasing  trend of mixing alcohol with drugs is having a potentially lethal effect on young revellers. When drugs such as ecstasy first hit the dance scene, users often chose to avoid alcohol altogether.

    But gardai are now warning that users are mixing cocaine, ecstasy, alcohol and other drugs, with dangerous consequences. The chances of a cardiac arrest are increased twenty fold if someone mixes cocaine and alcohol, according to experts.

    Mixing drugs — known as polydrug use — claimed the lives of two young men who died after last weekend’s Swedish House Mafia concert at Phoenix Park in Dublin, according to initial toxicology tests.

    Senior gardai have warned more deaths will almost certainly follow if users continue to consume either a mixture of drugs or combine one drug with alcohol.

    Studies by experienced officers have shown that most deaths arising from concerts and parties are a result of mixtures — usually a combination of cocaine and ecstasy with alcohol, or a variety of pills.

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  • Drug use and nightlife: More than just dance music

    Posted on July 28th, 2011 TimB No comments

    Research over the last decade has focused almost exclusively on the association between electronic music and MDMA (3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine or “ecstasy”) or other stimulant drug use in clubs. Less attention has been given to other nightlife venues and music preferences, such as rock music or southern/funky music.

    This study aims to examine a broader spectrum of nightlife, beyond dance music. It looks at whether certain factors influence the frequency of illegal drug and alcohol use: the frequency of going to certain nightlife venues in the previous month (such as, pubs, clubs or goa parties); listening to rock music, dance music or southern and funky music; or sampling venues (such as, clubs, dance events or rock festivals). The question of how these nightlife variables influence the use of popular drugs like alcohol, MDMA, cannabis, cocaine and amphetamines is addressed.


  • Calls to legalise cannabis and ecstasy

    Posted on June 3rd, 2011 TimB No comments

    It isn’t working. It never has worked. And so long as it continues to be fought in its current form, the “war on drugs” will do little to curb the spread of illegal narcotics or prevent hundreds of thousands of people from continuing to lose their lives each year as a result of the international drug trade.

    So says a panel of world leaders who called yesterday for the biggest shake-up of drug laws in half a century. “The global war on drugs has failed, with devastating consequences for individuals and societies around the world,” declared the Global Commission on Drug Policy. “Fundamental reforms… are urgently needed.

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  • Is West Africa becoming a hub for global methamphetamine trafficking?

    Posted on October 30th, 2010 TimB No comments

    Illicit manufacture of methamphetamine is not entirely new to the African continent. Since 2004, regular reports of illicit manufacture of the substance have been received from South Africa, and Egypt reported a case as recently as April 2010. Now, over the past 12 months, there have been indications that amphetamine-type stimulants are also being manufactured in West Africa.

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  • Drug dealers sell 40,000 Ecstasy pills on Ibiza every day

    Posted on July 20th, 2010 TimB No comments

    More than 40,000 Ecstasy pills are sold every day on the Spanish island of Ibiza during holiday season, according to police who have warned that they are losing the battle against drug traffickers.

    Anti-drugs police on Ibiza have said the illicit trade is controlled by rival British gangs from Manchester and Liverpool who send out armies of dealers to supply the Class A drugs to clubbers across the island, between June and September.

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  • High society: Britain’s drug-taking clubbers

    Posted on October 19th, 2009 TimB No comments

    t’s Friday midnight and, in the corner of a vast Manchester nightclub, I’m having an earnest discussion with Becky, a sensible, homely-looking woman in her mid-30s, who has two lines of cocaine and several Ecstasy tablets coursing around her bloodstream.

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  • ‘Junk food’ illegal drug market hits the streets

    Posted on September 14th, 2009 TimB No comments

    The illegal drug market is starting to mirror a “junk food” economy with a menu of increasingly low quality, cheap and readily available products being sold to an ever less discerning group of customers, according to the latest survey of street trends.

    The 2009 annual Druglink magazine survey shows that the purity of drugs including powder cocaine, ecstasy, speed, cannabis, and heroin have severely dropped in most areas in the past year.

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