Students Detained at Trinity Ball on Suspicion of Drug Offences

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on April 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Some 26 students were detained and searched by undercover Gardaí on suspicion of drug possession and supplying at Trinity Ball last Friday. The Irish Sun reported that €1,400 worth of drugs were seized by officers posing as students. The drugs seized included cocaine, ketamine and MDMA …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 17 April]

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‘Parents, if your son or daughter is at college, there’s more than a 50% chance they’re on drugs’

Posted in Governance and administration on November 24th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“There is more money around and the recovery has reached rural Ireland. The improvements in terms of income are here at last, but in smaller increments than in the cities. That is the good news, but the downside is our drug problem has reached epidemic proportions …” (more)

[Billy Keane, Independent, 24 November]


DCU student avoids jail after he admits to dealing drugs on campus

Posted in Legal issues on November 14th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“… He pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to possession of the drugs for sale or supply at Hampstead House, Glasnevin, North Dublin on November 15 last year (2017). Garda Keith Morris told the court that gardaí raided the premises after receiving information about the presence of drugs on the campus. They found the drugs bagged up separately along with a weighing scales and a ‘tick list’ of names and values …” (more)

[Declan Brennan, Independent, 14 November]

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UCC Set To Launch Drug Use Survey

Posted in Governance and administration on October 25th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Drugs. Many people use them, for many different reasons. College life may expose students to more situations where drug use is taking place. Irish research indicates that over 80% of Irish students have used a drug at some point in their lives and 40% of students have used a drug in the last month …” (more)

[University Express, 24 October]

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Should universities tell students how to take drugs safely?

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 2nd, 2018 by steve

“Sheffield Students’ Union has hit the headlines for publishing advice on how to take illegal drugs safely. But should universities focus on stopping students taking drugs in the first place? …” (more)

[Becky Morton, BBC News, 2 October]

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‘Adderall’s quite popular in Trinity’: an interview with a student drug dealer

Posted in Life on September 12th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Mike dealt for almost an entire year. When asked about how it all started, he had the classic story of students roped into the illegal drug market: ‘First off I didn’t want to get into it, but my smoking habit had grown far out of reach of my budget … my dealer suggested I start to sell for him and that’s how it began’. Soon after, he was supplying drugs and at one point he had about 150 clients. Most were students with a few exceptions: ‘MDMA, LSD, and a shit tonne of weed in many different strains. Weed was always by far the most popular’ …” (more)

[Mary-Rose Beamish, Trinity News, 11 September]

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4000 ecstasy tablets destined for Galway rag week seized by gardaí

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Gardaí in Galway have arrested two men in connection with the seizure of cannabis and ecstasy. As part of ongoing joint investigations targeting drug trafficking in the Galway area, a joint intelligence led operation was conducted by Revenue’s Customs Drugs Law Enforcement and the Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau supported by officers from the Galway Regional Drugs Unit …” (more)

[Aine McMahon, Irish Times, 10 February]

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DCU’s ‘indifference’ to student addiction

Posted in Governance and administration on December 14th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The university also has a dedicated student bar on its Glasnevin campus. While most dangerous substances are outright banned, alcohol is sold in copious amounts to students every day. NuBar is not owned by DCU, and it is not being alleged that the university is in any way profiting from the sale of alcohol to students. The existence of the student bar is merely indicative of the double standard towards dangerous substances that exists in this country …” (more)

[Brion Hoban, Irish Times, 13 December]

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Gardaí seize €8k worth of ecstasy headed for Rag Week

Posted in Legal issues on February 12th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“More than €8,000 worth of ecstasy powder, which was destined for Galway’s unofficial Rag Week, has been intercepted by gardaí. Officers stopped a car on the M6 motorway on Wednesday evening carrying an estimated €8,400 worth of MDMA …” (more)

[Caroline Crawford, Independent, 12 February]

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Drugs ‘used by 82% of Irish college students’

Posted in Life on November 11th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Just 2% of Irish third-level students have never consumed alcohol. The revelation came in a hard-hitting new survey on the alcohol and drug use habits of Irish students …” (more)

[Ralph Riegel, Independent, 11 November]

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Irish students as likely to try drugs as tobacco

Posted in Life on November 10th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“As many students have tried an illegal drug as have tried smoking, according to a study to be launched today. The National Student Drug survey shows 82% of respondents have taken illegal drugs at some stage in their lives — the same figure as those that have smoked at least once …” (more)

[Noel Baker, Irish Examiner, 10 November]


Third of students use legal drugs to ‘get high’

Posted in Life on August 28th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A national survey of student drug use has found approximately 30% have used medications prescribed by their GP to ‘get high’ while 18% have used non-prescription drugs to do so …” (more)

[Catherine Shanahan, Irish Examiner, 28 August]

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Half of students have used cannabis

Posted in Life on June 29th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Nearly half of third-level students have recently smoked cannabis and almost a third have recently taken ecstasy, research indicates. Almost all of the 2,700 students surveyed — across more than 30 institutions — drink alcohol and a third said they engaged in binge drinking every week …” (more)

[Cormac O’Keeffe, Irish Examiner, 29 June]

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NUIG students first in Europe to officially support cannabis legalisation

Posted in Governance and administration on March 6th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The NUI Galway student body has today voted that its Students’ Union should support the legalisation of cannabis. In a referendum today, students were asked if they agreed the SU should ‘actively supports the legalisation and regulation of the cultivation, sale and possession of cannabis for adults age 18 and over’ …” (more)

[, 6 March]

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College website’s ‘I am not selling pills’ t-shirt is ‘unacceptable’ – USI

Posted in Governance and administration on January 21st, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A t-shirt on sale on a college news website has drawn criticism from the Union of Students in Ireland, who say the message promoted by the t-shirt is ‘unacceptable’ …” (more)

[Clare Cullen, Independent, 21 January]

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NUIG steps up drug patrols on campus

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on October 20th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway authorities have stepped up security patrols on the campus, following reports of heroin addicts openly using the drug. The college is working closely with Gardaí in an effort to prevent drug use on the lands …” (more)

[Enda Cunningham, Galway City Tribune, 20 October]

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SSDP Welcomes the Cork Institute of Technology Chapter!

Posted in Governance and administration on September 20th, 2014 by steve

“I’m thrilled to introduce our newest chapter to the SSDP family: Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) from Ireland! The number of established SSDP chapters in Ireland increases to four with the addition of CIT. I spoke with chapter leader Martin Condon about what his chapter has accomplished so far and what his plans are for the future …” (more)

[Students for Sensible Drug Policy, 19 September]

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DCU student claims he’s forced to sells drugs to put himself through college

Posted in Life on September 13th, 2014 by steve

Ireland“A student yesterday claimed he is selling drugs to put himself through college. He told how he earns around €5,000 a year from dealing cannabis to other people at university …” (more)

[Mary McDonnell, Irish Mirror, 12 September]

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Teenage cannabis users 60% less likely to finish school or get a degree

Posted in Life on September 10th, 2014 by steve

“Young people who take cannabis regularly are over 60% less likely to finish school or get a degree compared with those who have never used the drug, according to a study published today in The Lancet …” (more)

[Paul Cullen, Irish Times, 10 September]

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UCC students more likely to have taken drugs than others

Posted in Life on July 8th, 2014 by steve

“UCC students are more likely to have taken illegal drugs, are less likely to be teetotallers, are more sexually active and are more financially independent than students of UCD or Trinity College …” (more)

[Eoin English, Irish Examiner, 8 July]

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