Illegal drug use so common in Dublin, it is seen as ‘norm’ – study

Drug dealing seen as lucrative option by young people in insecure job market says report

A researcher on the report said opportunities must be created for young people that take them away from drugs. File photograph:  Rick Wilking/Reuters

A researcher on the report said opportunities must be created for young people that take them away from drugs. File photograph: Rick Wilking/Reuters

Illegal drug use has become so common in Dublin that it is regarded as normal and not just the preserve of addicts, a new report states.

The study done by Dr Matt Bowden from the Technical University Dublin for Citywide Drugs Crisis Campaign found young drug users keep their distance from older heroin addicts and regard heroin as a “dirty drug”.

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