New UCC survey to ask students about their opinions on drugs

Posted in Research on January 26th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Over 40,000 higher education students across the country are being asked for their opinions about drugs. A new study by the Student Health Service at University College Cork is underway with the aim of contributing to harm-reduction policies …” (more)

[Red FM, 25 January]

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Colleges must provide alcohol-free student accommodation under new rules

Posted in Governance and administration on February 26th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Third-level colleges will have to provide drug and alcohol-free student accommodation and provide on-campus social spaces without access to drink under a new Government health initiative. The measures are contained in a ‘framework on tackling substance abuse’ which was sent to the presidents of all higher-education institutions in recent days …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 26 February]

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Trinity Needs a Drug Policy – And Badly

Posted in Governance and administration on November 29th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Two things struck me as strange when I started taking steps to set up a chapter of Students for Sensible Drug Policy this year. First, I was surprised that a chapter didn’t already exist, given how popular drug use is among the student body. I’ve since learned that someone had tried to set up a chapter in 2015 but had been denied Central Societies Committee (CSC) recognition and faded into non-existence soon after …” (more)

[Eolann Davis, University Times, 28 November]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor establishes Rapid Response Group on Drug and Substance Abuse in Higher Education

Posted in Governance and administration on September 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Expert group tasked with developing action plan includes senior academics, Gardaí, students, parents and first responders within institutions. The Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today (25th September 2019) named the members of her Rapid Response Group that she has tasked with devising an action plan to deal with drug and substance abuse within the country’s higher education institutions …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 25 September]

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Task force unveiled to deal with drug abuse in higher education

Posted in Governance and administration on September 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The details of a new task force to deal with drug and substance abuse within higher education institutions have been unveiled by Minister of State Mary Mitchell O’Connor. ‘I have spent a huge amount of time meeting students, their parents and the people working at all levels in our higher education institutions’, she said …” (more)

[Colin Gleeson, Irish Times, 25 September]

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In College, Sex and Drugs are the Rule – Not the Exception

Posted in Life on September 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Last week, while waiting outside a tutorial, I met a fellow second-year arts student. We struck up a conversation about the similar tote bags we both carried and the conversation – although very surface-level – was rather pleasant. Things took a strange turn, though, as within a matter of minutes she was divulging to me an incredibly detailed story about how she had been on ketamine at Trinity Ball and lost a small bag …” (more)

[Faye Curran, University Times, 24 September]

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UCC Says No to Students Hoping to Hand Out Drug Testing Kits

Posted in Governance and administration on September 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A group in University College Cork (UCC) planning to give out drug-testing kits to students have been refused permission to do so by the college’s authorities …” (more)

[Emer Moreau, University Times, 10 September]

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Drug-testing kits to be handed out to UCC students

Posted in Governance and administration on September 10th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Drug test kits will be handed out to students at UCC this week by a group pushing for harm reduction measures around drug-taking. The UCC Students for Sensible Drug Policy group will be handing out the kits on Tuesday and Thursday evening in the West Wing (W3) …” (more)

[Ann Murphy, EchoLive, 9 September]

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Minister would ‘report college drug dealers to gardaí’

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on August 19th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Higher Education Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor has said she would report those dealing drugs in colleges to gardaí. She told the Sunday Independent there was a ‘laissez-faire attitude’ to drug dealing in colleges. “I’m not talking about smoking weed, for instance. I’m talking about MDMA, ecstasy …'” (more)

[Niamh Lynch, Independent, 19 August]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor holds consultation to address student substance abuse

Posted in Governance and administration on June 25th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, held a consultation to address the issue of substance abuse in higher education. Representatives of colleges, leaders from students’ unions, Gardaí from the National Drugs Strategy Unit, and individuals working on the issue of drug rehabilitation were all invited to the discussion …” (more)

[Jessica Hobbs Pifer, Trinity News, 25 June]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor convenes a consultative meeting on substance abuse in Third Level Education at The Writers Museum, Parnell Sq

Posted in Governance and administration on June 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Minister of State at the Department of Education and Skills with special responsibility for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD is today (24 June) bringing together higher education representatives, students’ unions, leaders in the area of drug rehabilitation and Gardaí from the National Drugs Strategy Unit, for a consultative meeting to discuss substance abuse in higher education institutes …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 24 June]

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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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