Charlie Flanagan said  increasing use of cocaine in Ireland was not a surprise given the buoyancy of the Irish economy. Photograph: Getty

People who take cocaine recreationally are ultimately as responsible for people being killed in gangland drug turf wars as those who source and supply(...)

Of the 30 European countries studied, more people in Ireland had used cocaine in the ‘last 12 months’ than any other nation apart from the United Kingdom and Spain. File photograph: Getty Images

The use of cocaine and crack cocaine is growing faster in the Republic than in most European countries and cocaine has become purer and more plentiful(...)

 Kate O’Connell: “I think in London the eels were behaving bizarrely in the Thames at some point.” Photograph: Alan Betson

The environmental watchdog has been asked what it is doing to monitor the presence of illicit drugs in Irish water following research in some European(...)

A total of 1,500 people sought help for cocaine addiction in 2017 – a 32 per cent rise from the 1,138 who sought help the previous year. Six years earlier, in 2011, the number was 770.

The number of people seeking treatment for cocaine addiction increased by over 30 per cent in a year and almost doubled since 2011, figures published (...)

Alex Ryan, from Old Coach Road in Millstreet, died after consuming a deadly synthetic drug at a house party.

A young man died from a heart attack after taking a deadly synthetic drug at a house party last January, Cork Coroners’ Court heard yesterday. Alex (...)

Ecstasy, the trendy drug of the 1990s, has come back in fashion in recent years.

Ecstasy tablets have doubled in strength over the past decade, but have remained steady in price, according to a major report from a Dutch research in(...)

The EU report says online selling may have the capacity to reduce the harm caused by drugs as the quality may be better and they are less prone to contamination

Online drug dealing has the capacity to reduce harm for users due to the higher quality of substances sold and less violence associated with criminal (...)

The rate of drug-induced deaths in Ireland is the third highest in Europe and stands at four times the EU rate, according to a new report.The report (...)

Ecstasy at a house party. Photograph: Sturti/Getty Images

The crowd heaves as the dance-music DJs Paul Oakenfold, Jeremy Healy and Judge Jules spin tunes from the stage hour after hour. Ten thousand people ar(...)

Cocaine use is ’relatively high’ in Ireland, particularly among younger people. Photograph: Getty Images

Ireland remains among the biggest users of cocaine in Europe, a new report confirms.Almost seven in every 100 of the general population here, aged bet(...)