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North Inner City Drugs Task Force

September New 2012

HSE Urges Caution to Drug Users 

The HSE urges caution about drug users taking a brown powder substance in the Cork area known to contain Methylenedioxy-N-Methylamphetamine (MDMA) also know as "Ecstasy" and Para-Methoxy-N-methylamphetamine (PMMA).

Health professionals are asked to be vigilant in relation to the substance, and the public are advised that the misuse of drugs carries serious health risks particularly when other drugs including alcohol are taken in combination.

Recent studies have shown that three in five overdoses involved more than one drug or substance. Many drug users take different substances together. This increases the risk of overdose as there may be synergistic interactions between the substances used, which could potentially increase their toxicity. For example, when alcohol, benzodiazepines and opioids are consumed together the risk of respiratory depression is increased.

Gardaí have confirmed that the product containing MDMA and PMMA may have been a factor in the recent tragic deaths of two men in Kinsale.

David Lane, HSE South Addiction Services said that "there are practical steps that drug users can take to prevent overdose as follows:

  • Understand your tolerance and be aware of when it might be lower (e.g. when you have not been using for a while)
  • Avoid mixing drugs and mixing drugs with alcohol
  • Recognise that medications prescribed by a doctor may interact with street drugs and cause an overdose
  • Injecting drugs increases your risk of overdose
  • Injecting drugs is always a risk but can be even more so with an unfamiliar supply source."

If someone gets into difficulty after consuming a substance it is critically important to get help immediately by calling the emergency services. Symptoms associated with the above substance include high fever, rapid heart rate and agitation.

The HSE is alerting medical professionals along with community/ voluntary groups working with drug users on this issue and is liasing closely with the Gardaí on this matter.

 Unnamed brown ecstacy
Image of the brown powder.

Information about Anthrax and Heroin Users

There is an ongoing outbreak of anthrax among people who inject drugs in a number of countries in Europe with ten cases identified since early June. The latest case in Blackpool brings the total number affected in the UK to four – two in England (both fatal), one in Scotland and one in Wales (both recovering).The source is presumed to be contaminated heroin. It is unclear as yet whether these recent cases are linked to the cases in Europe (three in Germany, two in Denmark and one in France) but the situation is being monitored.

Because of this the NICDTF have issued a "soft" anthrax alert, and there is information below for services and heroin users.

Anthrax can be cured with antibiotics but early treatment is very important. Please view the following documents to find out about early symptoms, and for details of where to go in the North Inner City for treatment or further information:

  • What Staff need to know: Download here.
  • Anthrax Notice for clients and service users: Download here.
  • INPUD (International Network of People who Use Drugs): Anthrax Information for Heroin Users Download here.  

Second case of anthrax confirmed in England10th September 2012:  Read full article.

Launch of Chrysalis M.O.T.H.2 (Music on the Horizon) CD 

This is a compilation CD showcasing the work, creativity and talent of participants of this music project run by Chrysalis from February – August 2012. Participants interested in learning guitar or violins were given an instrument and 6 months of weekly lessons and a total of ten people finished the term.

Date: Thursday 13th September 2012 @ 2.30pm
Venue: Parish Centre 12/13 Prussia Street Dublin 7.

The CD will be launched by Minister Roisin Shorthall at 3pm- followed by a live performance from participants of project. All are welcome. Please confirm your attendance by emailing or phoning 8823362. Light refreshments provided.

Click here for more information about the M.O.T.H. Programme.

Commemoration of International Day for the Eradication of Poverty


Close to the Famine Memorial, the commemoration will bring together people from different walks of life and responsibilities. They will gather in a gesture of solidarity with adults whose daily struggle against poverty and exclusion is a struggle for the respect of human rights. Refreshments will be served afterwards in the Liberty Hall.

Place: Custom House Quay, Dublin 1
Time: 11 am, Tues 17th October 2012
Master of Ceremony: John Lonergan

More information

17 October National Committee, c/o ATD Fourth World-Ireland, 26 Mountjoy Sq, Dublin 1. Tel: 018558101, Website: 

North Wall Community Development Project

Click here for a list of the latest courses beginning in the North Wall CDP.

All courses are open to anyone over the age of 18 and there are no fees required. Places are limited on all courses so booking is essential.

Lower Sheriff Street, North Wall, Dublin 1.
Telephone: 01 836 5399 Fax: 01 836 5452
Email: Website:

Training for Trainers: Drug and Alcohol Education Facilitation Skills

September 28 – November 23 (off Nov.2)
9.30 am – 1 pm, Friday mornings
Venue: Deora Counselling Center, St. Laurence’s Place East, Seville Place, Dublin 1

This course is for professionals who want to improve their facilitation skills in the delivery of drug and alcohol education.
Download further details here.

If you are interested, please contact H.O.P.E. Hands on Peer Education.

Unit 5, Killarney Court, Buckingham Street Upper, Dublin 1
Phone: 01-887-8404 Fax: 01-887-8402 e-mail:



One-day Sexual Health Workshop

Aim of the Workshop
To provide participants with basic up-to-date and relevant information on sexual health, including HIV, STIs and Hepatitis.

Date: Tuesday 9th October 2012
Time: 10am to 4:00pm
Venue: Dublin AIDS Alliance, 53 Parnell Square West, Dublin 1


Click here for full details

Booking form and further information is available at, or email  



Oasis Centre: safeTALK, ASIST, Mindfulness training

ASIST: 20th – 21ST November
ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) is a two-day, intensive interactive and practice-based workshop in suicide first-aid. It is designed to help caregivers recognize risk and learn how to intervene to prevent the immediate risk of suicide. It is suitable for all kinds of caregivers - health workers, key-workers, teachers, community workers, Gardaí, youth workers, volunteers, people responding to family, friends and co-workers.

safeTALK: 19th September 2pm - 5pm, and November 7th 9.30am – 12.30pm
safeTALK is a short training that prepares anyone over the age of 15 to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first aid resources.

Mindfulness: October 4th 2pm – 4.30pm
An eight week programme for people who suffer from chronic depression and sadness and want to develop skilful ways to prevent relapse.

Mindfulness means learning to pay attention intentionally, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally. It helps you become familiar with the workings of your mind, and helps you
to notice the times when you are at risk of getting caught in old habits of mind that re-activate downward mood spirals and, if you choose, enter a different way of being.

For more information contact THE OASIS CENTRE, St Laurence’s Place East, Seville Place, Dublin 1 or telephone: 01 8364524/8550739.

1st Irish Recovery Walk on Saturday 15th September 2012

The Recovery Walk is an international event that has been in existence in the USA for 23 years and the UK for 4 years. This is the first time in Ireland. The event is a celebration of recovery from all addictions - drugs and alcohol as well other addictions like; gambling, food, sex, gaming, and internet. It is for individuals in recovery and also their families and friends - we see recovery being something that ALL society should celebrate and encourage.

This is a FREE event and is for all ages. Minister Shortall will open the event on the 15th September and the Lord Mayor of Dublin will lead the symbolic 1.2KM walk, culminating in the recovery Village, a place for families to enjoy free entertainment, including craft demos, yoga and dance for children and laughter yoga! .

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Walk tall for Recovery 15th Sept 2012