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Crack cocaine in the Dublin region: an evidence base for a crack cocaine strategy. HRB Research Series 6.

Creator:

Johnny Connolly, Sinead Foran, Anne Marie Donovan, Anne Marie Carew, Jean Long

Type: Report
Region: Republic of Ireland
Northern Ireland
Description:

Crack cocaine is produced from powder cocaine using readily available chemical agents such as ammonia or baking soda. Smoking crack is a highly efficient way of getting cocaine into the brain, making its use compulsive and difficult to control in some cases. In early 2005, a number of seizures of crack cocaine were made by An Garda Síochána in Dublinâ?Ts north-inner city. In addition, there were anecdotal reports of individuals using crack cocaine in Dublin. As a result, the Intersectoral Crack Cocaine Strategy Group (ISCCSG) was established in the north-inner city in March 2006. The group decided to document the nature and extent of crack use; the availability of crack; the impact of crack on the user, the family and the wider community; and current treatment and policing responses to crack use. The Alcohol and Drug Research Unit (ADRU) of the Health Research Board (HRB) was commissioned to complete the study using a rapid situation assessment method. The study involved a review of findings from relevant research, the collection and analysis of up-to-date drug-treatment and criminal justice data, and interviews and focus groups with crack users, service providers and the Garda National Drugs Unit.

Date:

01/01/2008

Rights: Public
Suggested citation:

Johnny Connolly, Sinead Foran, Anne Marie Donovan, Anne Marie Carew, Jean Long. (2008) Crack cocaine in the Dublin region: an evidence base for a crack cocaine strategy. HRB Research Series 6. [Online]. Available from: http://publichealthwell.ie/node/67605 [Accessed: 20th September 2019].

  

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