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Dublin Oldschool star Emmet Kirwan to guest at next week’s Drug Policy Town Hall meeting in Dublin 06 Jun 2018

He joins GAA legend Philly McMahon as one of the special guests at June 12's Wood Quay venue event: apply for free tickets now!

Emmet Kirwan has joined GAA star Philly McMahon as one of the special guests at the first Hot Press, Ana Liffey Drug Project and London School of Economics Drug Policy Town Hall meeting, which is taking place at 6.30pm on Tuesday June 12 in Dublin’s Wood Quay Venue.

Emmet has co-written and stars in Dublin Oldschool, a new Irish film that “tells the story of Jason, a wannabe DJ, on a drug-fuelled trip through the streets of Dublin as he stumbles from one session to another. Somewhere between the DJs, decks, and drug busts he stumbles across a familiar face from the past, his brother Daniel. Daniel, an educated heroin addict, is living on the streets. The brothers haven’t seen or spoken to each other in years but over a lost weekend they reconnect and reminisce over raves, tunes and their troubled past. Two brothers living very different lives might have more in common than they think.”

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How To End Ireland’s Drug Deaths Epidemic 06 Jun 2018

In 2001, Portugal decriminalised the possession of drugs for personal use. Since then, yearly overdose deaths have fallen from 300 to 23; problematic drug use has halved; and HIV infection rates have similarly plummeted. STUART CLARK travelled to Lisbon to see where it’s all gone right. Plus, we look forward to the first of the Hot Press, Ana Liffey Drug Project and LSE Drug Policy Town Hall meetings.

We haven’t stopped the war on drugs, we’ve stopped the war on people.” Dr. Nuno Capaz is explaining the philosophy behind Portugal’s health-based ‘treat don’t punish’ drug laws, which have seen overdose deaths fall from 300 in 2001 to 23 last year. In that same period, the number of problem drug users has been halved from 100,000 to 50,000; intravenous drug use as a factor in new HIV cases has plummeted from 60% to 6%; and heroin use among the prison population is down from 14% to 3%.

With official government stats like that, it’s no wonder that Portugal has become such an important reference point for progressive drug policy.

“We’ve had delegations visiting us from all over the world including Ireland, Canada and Norway, where they’re introducing their own version of decriminalisation,” resumes Capaz, an amiable fortysomething whose hipsterish demeanour belies the fact that he’s Vice-President of the Lisbon Drug Addiction Dissuasion Commission. More commonly known as the CDT, it’s where 4,000 people caught with drugs for personal use were sent last year, instead of to court. Following an initial assessment in the organisation’s nondescript suburban offices, they were obliged to return, to meet a panel comprising of a lawyer, a psychologist and a social worker.

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Tony Duffin interview about a health-lead approach to the possession of drugs. 06 Jun 2018

Tony Duffin, Ana Liffey CEO was interviewed by Shane Beatty for Kildare Today on Kildare FM about a health-led approach to the possession of drugs for personal use. Click the link & you can hear the interview at the 22 minutes in.

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Towards a health-lead approach to possession of drugs 05 Jun 2018

Town Hall Dublin - 12 June 2018

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Renewed calls for drug testing at Irish festivals following UK deaths 05 Jun 2018

The Ana Liffey Drug project are keen to provide the service, while the matter will be considered at the Sinn Féin Ard Dheis.

The Ana Liffey Drug Project has reiterated its willingness to provide professional drug testing at Irish music festivals following the death of two people, Georgia Jones, aged 18, and 20-year-old Tommy Cowan at the Mutiny weekender in Portsmouth. Three men have subsequently been arrested on suspicion of supplying Class A drugs at the event, which was immediately cancelled as a safety precaution.

“The tragic deaths of young festival goers in the UK at the weekend is a wakeup call to us all,” says Ana Liffey CEO, Tony Duffin. “We know that it is safest not to use unknown or illicit drugs at all, but we also know that over the summer some festival goers will use drugs and drink to excess. These are not bad or stupid people, they are someone’s son, daughter, mother, father, aunt or uncle. We want everyone who goes to a festival this summer to come home safely.

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