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Health Research Board. Alcohol and Drug Research Unit. Connolly, Johnny and Foran, Sinead and Donovan, Anne Marie and Carew, Anne Marie and Long, Jean (2008) Crack cocaine in the Dublin region: an evidence base for a crack cocaine strategy. HRB Research Series 6. Dublin: Health Research Board. 2009-0242.

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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 Dublin’s 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.


Item Type
Report
Date
2008
Identification #
2009-0242
Call No
REF, ADRU
Pages
141 p.
Publisher
Health Research Board
Corporate Creators
Health Research Board. Alcohol and Drug Research Unit
Place of Publication
Dublin
EndNote
Accession Number
HRB 4388 (Available), HRB 4389 (Available)

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