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]

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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)

[TheJournal.ie, 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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Most students considering emigration, survey finds

Posted in Life on July 3rd, 2014 by steve

“The majority of Irish students don’t smoke, don’t take illicit drugs and are actively contemplating emigration, if the results of a recent student survey are to be believed. More than three-quarters (76%) of the 4,631 students of students surveyed are either considering emigration, or have already determined it as a preferred course of action following graduation …” (more)

[Ciaran D’Arcy, Irish Times, 3 July]

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Hospitalised students took separate drugs, not ‘scuzz’

Posted in Legal issues on May 16th, 2014 by steve

“Toxicology tests have confirmed that seven UCD students, who were hospitalised, had taken LSD and amphetamines separately. Gardai have dismissed earlier reports that they became ill after taking a lethal new concoction, known on the streets as ‘scuzz’ …” (more)

[Tom Brady, Independent, 16 May]

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Man held as seven fall ill in UCD drugs scare

Posted in Legal issues on May 15th, 2014 by steve

“Gardai investigating the ‘scuzz’ drugs scare – which led to up to seven university students being hospitalised – have arrested a 25-year-old suspect …” (more)

[Ken Foy, Luke Byrne and Cormac McQuinn, Independent, 15 May]

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Warning on bad drugs batch after UCD students are hospitalised

Posted in Life on May 15th, 2014 by steve

“Several students taken to hospital and UCD’s students union issue warning a ‘bad batch of drugs [is] doing the rounds’. Gardaí and health officials have said they are extremely concerned for the wellbeing of UCD students after a number were hospitalised …” (more)

[Mark Hilliard, Irish Times, 15 May]

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College withdraws ‘Breaking Bad’ drug instruction manual

Posted in Legal issues on April 2nd, 2014 by steve

“Step-by-step instructions on how to produce an illegal drug from household items were distributed to third level students in a State-funded publication …” (more)

[Brian Byrne, Independent, 2 April]

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Student journal publishes guide to making illegal drug

Posted in Legal issues on April 1st, 2014 by steve

“A student-run medical journal at Trinity College has been recalled after it published a step-by-step guide to making the illegal drug mephedrone …” (more)

[BreakingNews.ie, 1 April]

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