EU drugs agency

The EU’s drugs agency published its annual report – and the usual raft of other mini-reports – last week in Lisbon.

The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (to give its needlessly long name) produces excellent research and adds to its authority every year.

Emcdda is probably little known outside the ‘drugs bubble’ of researchers, health experts, treatment bodies, relevant government/EU departments and a small circle of journalists. But the influence of the work it is producing is having wider and deeper impact. And the drugs issue is one area where the role of the EU is set to grow.

Their website is a great source for anyone interested in the area.

I wrote three stories about the annual report for the Irish Examiner, two of which were published.

The first is on Ireland’s rating as one of the top users of synthetic drugs in the EU and the scale of the problem facing Europe from an increasing array of substances, many of them containing a mixture of drugs and/or unknown substances.

Second story concerns the mushrooming (sorry!) of cannabis factories across Europe, including Ireland, where they are being uncovered every second or third day it seems..


About Cormac O'Keeffe

I've written a novel. And, it's going to be published. This April. Mad, or what? It's entitled 'Black Water' and is a crime novel set in Dublin's gangland, along the evocative Grand Canal. This blog is about that bumpy journey, which is about to get really exciting. You'll also find some photography on this blog, particularly snaps that relate to my novel, much of it centred along the canal. There are also some reviews, both fiction and non-fiction, many of them published in the Irish Examiner, a daily national newspaper in Ireland. I work as security correspondent there and have specialist interests in crime, drugs, policing, the justice system, communities and human rights. Both my personal life and my professional life have fed into my novel, or, rather, have been poured into it. My novel was granted a literature bursary by the Irish Arts Council in September 2014 and my journalistic work has won multiple awards from the Law Society of Ireland over many years, most recently in 2015.
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