Drug-taking equipment including syringes, needles and tourniquets at Merchants Quay Ireland’s needle exchange facility in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

Derek (35) had been “stable, off heroin” for the past five months and was to start a residential detoxification programme next week. “I’d been worki(...)

Part of the €37.5m cannabis haul  seized at Dublin Port in 2017. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

According to a new Europe-wide study on cannabis potency, the drug is barely recognisable to what it was just a decade ago. If you used cannabis in I(...)

Gary Broderick, Director of the Saol Project, which helps women in dealing with addictions and with prison rehabilitation, pictured with After-Care worker Belinda Nugent, a former client of the project. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

You choose what you want to see. On the corner, a group of seven or eight young men congregate. Most are dressed in baggy shorts and T-shirts. Sharp(...)

Michaella McCollum Connolly (23)  pictured in Peru talking to RTÉ. Photograph: Trevor Birney/RTÉ/ Press Eye.

RTÉ has defended itself against strong criticism of an interview with drug smuggler Michaella McCollum that it broadcast on Sunday in a last-minute ch(...)