From top: A haul of illegal drugs sniffed out by Bailey (above) and seized by custom officers
Yesterday, with the assistance of detector dog Bailey, Revenue officers at Athlone Mail Centre seized 1.5kgs of various types of illegal drugs with an estimated value of €38,000.
Herbal cannabis, ketamine, heroin, methamphetamine, MDMA and crack were discovered by Bailey in parcels from the UK, Spain and the USA which were declared as items such as ‘T-shirt’, ‘Sports Phone Case’ and ‘Bicycle Gloves’ and were destined for addresses in Dublin, Galway, Sligo, Kilkenny, Louth, Meath, Wicklow and Kildare.
Bad Good dog.
The Loop, a UK-based not-for-profit, provides drug safety testing, welfare and harm reduction services at music festivals across Europe
Why don’t EP have official drug-testing booths like they do in festivals all over Europe where people can get their drugs tested before they take them making sure they don’t die?
Earlier: Bad Batch And Beyond
— Paul Stenson (@PaulVStenson) August 29, 2019
It is always safer not to take drugs. However, if you do decide to use…
Take breaks, get enough sleep, eat well and rehydrate.
Remember – you can take steps to ensure your own physical and mental wellbeing.#ElectricPicnic#SaferFromHarm pic.twitter.com/T0haRmy4S0
— AnaLiffey (@AnaLiffey) August 29, 2019
— Genevieve Brennan (@Genbrennan) August 30, 2019
Latest HIRLAM weather charts for rainfall for next 40 hours. #ElectricPicnic will miss the heaviest rain until late tonight or early tomorrow but some rain on and off this morning and afternoon. pic.twitter.com/mt9qBnAyQF
— Carlow Weather (@CarlowWeather) August 30, 2019
On the Garda Laois and Offaly Facebook page, the gardaí wrote:
#ElectricPicnic gates opened at 4pm today and within minutes a number of seizures of illegal drugs have been made. Gardaí are carrying out searches and are reminding people attending that any seizures made will have consequences for the individual. Keeping people safe and free from harm is important. Cocaine, Ketamine, LSD, MDMA have been seized so far today.
Hey @LeoVaradkar – you’ve admitted to illegal drug use (while simultaneously protesting a methadone clinic for other drug users in your locality).
Do you think your continued drug use should have landed you in prison?
Because that’s what your new policy advocates.@drugscrisis https://t.co/9DOhcURz1G
— Aodhán Ó Ríordáin (@AodhanORiordain) August 2, 2019
From top: Garrett Sheehan, chairman of the The Working Group to Consider Alternative Approaches to the Possession of Drugs for Personal Us; At the announcement this morning of a ‘health-led’ approach to the possession of drugs for personal use were, from left Minister for Health, Simon Harris; Minister of State with responsibility for Drugs Strategy, Catherine Byrne TD; and Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan
First and second time drug offenders will escape criminal conviction for possession
However, the recommendation to remove imprisonment for all drug possession cases as recommended by a special working group, has been rejected. by the government.
The Working Group to Consider Alternative Approaches to the Possession of Drugs for Personal Use was meant to report at the end of last year but there was disagreement among its membership which included representatives of the departments of Health and Justice, An Garda Síochána, the Probation Service, the DPP, HSE, Health Research Board, as well as two people with experience of drugs.
The working group recommended that there should not be an option to imprison someone caught for possession of drugs and offered a system of multiple adult cautions along with diversions to treatment as alternative options.
However, the chairman of the working group, former judge and criminal defence solicitor Garrett Sheehan, issued a minority report saying any moves towards decriminalisation would be “throwing in the towel” on the potential of young people.
He advocated instead an education campaign to make drug taking just as socially unacceptable as smoking in public places….
At Electric Picnic.
The Ana Liffey Drug Project will be manning a 24-hour Welfare Tent in the Jimi Hendrix campsite.
Tony Duffin, CEO of the project, told Matt Cooper on Today FM yesterday:
“This is a law enforcement and public health approach, this is something that we do across Ireland all the time, so it is a confidential service.
Obviously, people will come to the tent maybe to get advice about something that a friend may be taking or may be planning to take and they talk to us about that and we talk to them about, you know, it’s safer not to take drugs at all,
mmkayokay, first and foremost – that’s the most important message.
And then we work from there in terms of, if they, if a person is intent on taking drugs, then we talk to them about harm reduction and about making sure that they’re safe in their drug use.
I know some people find that difficult to understand but we are working on a practical basis.”
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