Fr. Peter Mc Verry and Dr. Clifton Croan welcomed as Council members.

We are pleased to announce that Fr. Peter Mc Verry and Dr. Clifton Croan have accepted positions on the Council on Drug Education. Both are distinguished in their fields and have contributed to society in many ways through their work.

Fr. Mc Verry is widely known in Ireland for his organization that works with the homeless, The Peter Mc Verry Trust, link below. He has helped many of the nations homeless through various means including drug awareness.

Dr. Clifton Croan has been instrumental in writing legislation on medical cannabis in four US states, as a medical patient he has a special interest in that particular field as well as his expertise in Psychtherapy.

Both men are a great asset to our team and we welcome them on board!


C.O.D.E.’s newest member Fr. Mc Verry interviewed on Crystal Meth use in Ireland.

Crystal Meth is quickly becoming Ireland’s newest problem drug. The drug’s use, considered the most addictive and most dangerous, is soaring throughout the country as both gardai and health counsellors attempt to squash its growth.

The Irish Sunday Mirror reports on the terrifying new statistics regarding Crystal Meth in Ireland. Experienced drug worker Father Peter McVerry said to the Irish newspaper that “Crystal meth has destroyed whole communities in America, and it about to do the same here.”

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The number of babies born addicted to the class of drugs that includes prescription painkillers has nearly tripled in the past decade, according to the first national study of its kind.


  • Aileen Dannelley holds her baby, Savannah. The 1-month-old baby is being treated with methadone for withdrawal while she and her mother both fight addiction to powerful prescription painkillers.AP

    Aileen Dannelley holds her baby, Savannah. The 1-month-old baby is being treated with methadone for withdrawal while she and her mother both fight addiction to powerful prescription painkillers

About 3.4 of every 1,000 infants born in a hospital in 2009 suffered from a type of drug withdrawal commonly seen in the babies of pregnant women who abuse narcotic pain medications, the study says. It’s published today in The Journal of the American Medical Association.


A methadone user’s view of the government’s abstinence policy ‘I see it as a recipe for disaster’

I know people on NHS scripts who are really worried about the implications of this because, what happens if people are forced off methadone is very often they go back to using street heroin with all the attendant risks of HIV and injecting abscesses, all kinds of unhealthy and sordid aspects of heroin addiction. A very small proportion of people are able to come off on that kind of basis, and I see it as a recipe for disaster. A public health, criminal justice disaster, basically.


Alcohol revealed as main gateway drug

A new report from the Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children shows that alcohol – rather than cannabis – is our main gateway drug.


That’s according to Labour City Councillor Niall McNelis, who said the Report on The Misuse of Alcohol and Other Drugs shows “how serious a problem we have to tackle”.


Cllr McNelis, who is also a member of the Galway Healthy Cities Committee, said that city resources are being wasted each night on alcohol related incidents at a time when services in the city and county are under-funded.


“Galway emergency departments, garda resources and youth mental health are all being affected,” he said.


A sensible approach to marijuana legalization that protects young people

MARIJUANA is not an entirely harmless substance, as Patti Skelton-McGougan’s guest editorial pointed out [“Legalizing marijuana could hurt young people,” Opinion, March 3].

Proposals to regulate and legalize its use for adults must include careful planning for how children and adolescents, who are more vulnerable to the risks posed by marijuana use, can best be protected.


Imprisonment ‘sees drug use begin’


A poll of a quarter of all inmates at Durham Prison last year found 13% had developed a problem with drugs since being held in the category B local prison.

The critical inspection also found that up to a third (33.3%) of prisoners were failing random drugs tests, more than a third (36%) thought it was easy to get hold of drugs and almost one in five (18%) thought they would still have a problem after being released.ALeqM5iwIEtFKa5NTNIbRsHDSQT18x3jPg?docId=N0327551334576836508A