Tony Duffin

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Tony Duffin: We want to see decriminalisation of small amounts of drugs for personal use. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Ireland should aim to decriminalise the possession of small amounts of drugs within five years, a State-funded drugs policy group has recommended. At(...)

Minister of State for the National Drugs Strategy Catherine Byrne has appointed a working group to look at “alternative approaches to the possession of drugs for personal use”. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Legislation to decriminalise drugs, including heroin, cocaine and cannabis, for personal use could be enacted in early 2019, Minister of State for the(...)

Ana Liffey chief executive Tony Duffin with RTÉ presenter Bláthnaid Treacy. Photo credit: Drugs.ie

Young adults are being encouraged to write about issues such as club drugs and steroids as part of a revamped Drugs.ie National Youth Media Awards. N(...)

A respected international drug policy expert has voiced scepticism about the effectiveness of supervised injecting units. File photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

An international drug policy expert has voiced scepticism about the effectiveness of supervised injecting units, one of which is due to open in Dublin(...)

Minister of State for Drugs Catherine Byrne, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Health Simon Harris  at the publication of the national drugs strategy. Photograph: Collins

Drug campaigner groups have welcomed the news the Government is considering decriminalising possession of small quantities of drugs. Possession of dr(...)

Dublin city centre: Tony Duffin of the Ana Liffey Drug Project says 400 drug users discard used needles in the city centre every month. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Sixty-seven Dublin City Council (DCC) binmen have been injured by discarded syringes while at work in recent years, according to the council. Since 2(...)

Overall winners of the Drugs.ie “Let’s Talk About Drugs” National Youth Media Awards 2017 were Coláiste Eoin, Finglas, Dublin for their song ‘Take Your Mask Off’. pictured at the awards ceremony in Dublin. were (front row from left); Renike Sonuyi, Shannon Hoey, Sophie O’Meara and Melissa Robinson, (back from left); Zackarriah Gilmartin, Emer Hale, Erica Omiagbo, Gloria Nankya, Wiktoria Ferdzyn and Katelyn O’Reilly.Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The students of Coláiste Eoin secondary school in Finglas fended off competition from 700 other entrants to claim the top prize at the Drugs.ie Nation(...)

Student union representatives encourage young people to enter for the National Youth Media Awards. Photograph  courtesy of Drugs.ie.

Students’ unions are encouraging young people to get involved in the Drugs.ie National Youth Media Awards, which has partnered with The Irish Times f(...)

Minister with Responsibility for Drugs  Aodhán Ó Ríordáin said: “I think we are now at the stage in Ireland where we can have a more realistic debate about the realities of drug use and substance misuse that’s rooted in the real experiences of people…” File photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

The Minister with Responsibility for Drugs says young people believe the “just say no to drugs” message is “a lie” and that a more realistic policy mu(...)

A batch of typical ecstasy pills stamped with Mitsubishi and love heart logos.

The tragic death of drama student Ana Hick, who is reported to have taken ecstasy before collapsing outside a Dublin nightclub on Saturday night, has (...)

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