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Long, Jean and Carew, Anne Marie (2012) Drugnet digest. Drugnet Ireland , Issue 40, Winter 2011 , p. 10.

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This section contains short summaries of recent reports and other developments of interest.

Minister bans more head shop products
On 1 November 2011 Róisín Shortall TD, Minister of State with responsibility for drugs strategy, approved an Order declaring a further sixty or more new psychoactive substances being sold in head shops or online to be controlled drugs under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1977.
 
These substances include:
• additional cathinone substances (similar to mephedrone, which was controlled in May 2010)
• naphthylpyrovalerone and related substances (such as the product Pure NRG)
• further synthetic cannabis-type substances (often sold as smoking mixtures)
• dimethocaine and desethyl dimethocaine (contained in the products Amplified and MindMelt)
• desoxypipradol (found in the legal high product WHACK)
• fluorotropacocaine (also found in the legal high product WHACK)
• aminotetralins and aminoindans (contained in the legal high product Pink Champagne)
• bromo-dragonFLY
• salvinorin A (found in the plant Salvia divinorum)
• mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine (found in the plant known as kratom).
 
Coolmine Therapeutic Community annual report 2010
The Coolmine Therapeutic Community annual report for 2010 contains information relating to the organisational highlights, statistics, past client stories, partnerships and fundraising, and financial statements (www.coolmine.ie/about-us/downloads). 
 
According to the report, CTC is continuing to build capacity to facilitate detoxification and has recruited a clinical nurse specialist. There was an increase in the number of referrals and admissions of women with young children to the residential programme at Ashleigh House. The refurbishment of 19 Lord Edward Street was completed, and stabilisation and drug-free day programmes moved back there. Coolmine staff were trained in the community reinforcement approach (CRA) to working with individuals and their families. A training and education programme was established at Coolmine which is managed by the career guidance counsellor.
 
In 2010 Coolmine worked with 1,161 people:
  • The Outreach team worked with 822 clients spanning both residential and day programmes. 
  • The Drug Free Day Programme worked with 51 clients.
  • 50 clients accessed the Welcome Programme.
  • The Women’s Residential Service at Ashleigh House admitted 42 women, of whom five had their children permanently on site. Seven women completed a detoxification programme.
  • The Men’s Residential Service at Coolmine Lodge admitted 76 men, of whom 13 completed a detoxification programme.
  • Family Support Services provided supports to 120 family members.
  • 73 clients secured housing, including emergency, transitional, private, step-down and supported long-term accommodation.
  • 92 clients were supported by the career guidance service.
The priorities for Coolmine in 2011 include a review of the strategic plan, maintaining staffing levels, the commencement of a longitudinal research programme and the continued integration of evidence-based practices within the Community.

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