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Health Research Board. Irish National Focal Point to the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction. (2017) Ireland: national report for 2016 - drug markets and crime. Dublin: Health Research Board.

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It is generally accepted that Ireland’s serious illicit drug problem emerged in the late 1970s and early 1980s, when heroin demand and supply first emerged. This was initially concentrated in economically deprived areas of Dublin’s inner city but would eventually spread throughout the city and over the next few decades, throughout the country. When Ireland’s principal drug law, the Misuse of Drugs Act 1977, was being introduced, the drug problem was not seen as particularly significant. This was also reflected in a relatively minimal approach to drug law enforcement. The year 1996 can be regarded as a watershed in terms of the state response to the drugs issue. The assassination of an investigative journalist by people involved in the drug trade led to a concerted state response, on the one hand in terms of the introduction of a series of criminal justice measures targeted against drug supply and the enhancement of law enforcement measures and, on the other, the development of policies around demand reduction, which would ultimately lead to the emergence of the National Drugs Strategy in 2001. Supply reduction is one of the five pillars of the NDS and a number of agencies, including the Naval Service, Customs Drug Law Enforcement and the Garda National Drugs Unit are jointly involved in addressing drug supply and drug-related crime.

Date:2017
Pages:32 p.
Publisher:Health Research Board
Corporate Creators:Health Research Board. Irish National Focal Point to the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction
Place of Publication:Dublin
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Accession Number:HRB (Electronic Only)
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Subjects:MM-MO Crime and law > Crime
MM-MO Crime and law > Crime > Drugs and alcohol related crime > Crime associated with drugs and alcohol production and distribution
MM-MO Crime and law > Drugs and alcohol offence > Drug offence > Illegal distribution of drugs (drug market / dealing)
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Policy > Policy on drugs and alcohol > Supply reduction policy
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland

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