Above from left: Nicki Killeen, HSE National Social Inclusion Office/Drugs.ie; Aidan Thompson, DJ and Promoter; Fionnuala Moran, Presenter RTÉ Pulse; Robbie Kitt, DJ and Musician; and Kasey Keating Brady, DJ and HSE Dental Nurse
The Grand Social, Dublin.
With the night-time economy reopening, the HSE has launched a new drugs harm-reduction campaign, reminding people who choose to use drugs: ‘If You Go, Go Slow’. HSE Drugs.ie unveiled the campaign at a live panel event, which brought together the HSE, DJs and event industry representatives.
Also: if you are offered an experimental injection from a stranger, possibly in a tent, just say no.
Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland
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.
There was nothing to inhale.
In the 1970s.
Not a nodge.
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
‘I let my guard down and paid the price’ – EP warning (RTÉ)
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.
Garda Síochána Laois Offaly (Facebook)
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….
New policy to cover first, second time drug offenders (RTÉ)
A trippy short by Slovakian animator Matúš Vizár detailing a troubled panda’s transition from a life of lethargy in the wild to the constant attention, plentiful bamboo and unlimited drugs of a life in captivity.