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The recently released Global Drug Survey has revealed that Irish people use MDMA more frequently than in any other country. 

The data in the survey is based on nearly 120,000 submissions from over 50 countries, who were polled on their use of illegal substances and alcohol. 

Ireland tops the charts, with people using the drug for an average of 15 days across the entire year. 

The study also had some interesting insight into the ways in which Irish people use the drug, which is considered a Class A substance in many countries.

An average of 64 per cent of Irish females and 53.1 per cent of males take a quarter or half of an MDMA laced pill to start with in the under 25s age bracket.

Over 70.3 per cent of females and 62.7 per cent of males also choose to assess the strength of the drugs by consuming a small amount before taking any more.

MDMA pills in Ireland sell for an average of €7.10, while a gram of the powder substance costs €46.50, according to a Mixmag report.

Of the roughly 25,000 MDMA users from around the world who took part in the survey, 1.2% sought emergency medical treatment after taking the drug.

According to the survey, 'MDMA remains one of the most popular illicit drugs in the world and is mainly used recreationally by people attending electronic dance music events.'

If you feel that you or anyone you know is having problems associated with MDMA or drug-taking, you can contact the Irish Drugs Helpline on 1800 459 459 to find out about options in your area.



Abortion pills bought online can provide a ‘safe and effective’ outcome for women who wish to have a non-surgical termination, according to a new study published in the British Medical Journal.

The study was carried out by a team at the University of Texas who, along with online group Women on Web, analysed data from over 1,000 women in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland who had sought to terminate unwanted pregnancies through the use of abortion pills. 

After seeking follow-up information from over 1,000 women in Ireland, researchers determined that 95 per cent of those who took these abortion pills had the desired result. 

Each of these women had previously purchased abortion pills online through WoW, and reported back on their experiences. 

78 per cent were under seven weeks pregnant, while the remaining 22 per cent were seven to nine weeks pregnant.

According to the study, 'self-sourced medical abortion provides a vital alternative to dangerous methods such as using sharp objects or noxious substance.'

93 women out of the 1,000 surveyed experienced symptoms which required them to seek medical attention, and 87 of these women actually did seek medical attention after taking the pills.

'No deaths…were reported by family, friends, the authorities of the media,' the study authors wrote in the British Medical Journal report.

The purchase and import of abortion pills is currently illegal in the Republic of Ireland, as well as in Northern Ireland.

However, recent developments have been made thanks to the Citizens' Assembly and the work of the Repeal Project, with calls for the 8th Amendment which prohibit abortion to be changed or abolished. 

'Often media reports in Ireland imply early medical abortion with pills is unsafe – this study shows that that simply isn’t the case,' said Abortion Rights Campaign spokesperson Linda Kavanagh in a statement.

'In countries where medical abortion is legal, women are largely unsupervised while taking the pill.'

'In the UK for example women ingest the first pill at an abortion clinic, but then go home to have their abortion.'

'Our governments continue to shirk their responsibility to women despite having a clear mandate to introduce proper abortion access North and South, following the results of the Citizens’ Assembly and various reports by human rights watchdogs,' she continued.

'Our politicians are happy to outsource their responsibility to other countries and organisations that provide the abortion pill illegally.'

'Our current laws are irresponsible, cowardly and lazy. If the physical and mental health of women on this island is being put at risk, it is the fault of our legislators – and not these pills which have been used safely, in both supervised and unsupervised contexts for almost 30 years,' she concluded


A number of young people were hospitalised in Cork this morning, with psychoactive drug use as the suspected cause.

Gardaí were called to a house in the south side of Cork city during the early hours of this morning. According to reports by RTÉ today, one 18-year-old man is in a stable but critical condition, with several others also remaining at Cork University Hospital.

It's believed the group had taken 2C-P, a 'head shop drug' which is often used as an ecstasy substitute.

Cork's 96FM this morning reported that Gardaí "came upon a man lying naked on the road in the Greenmount area" before entering the house.

A statement by the HSE said the drug "is thought to have been one of the new psychoactive substances similar to those products previously sold in head shops."

The HSE added that "these drugs can be sold in tablet, powder or liquid form and are consumed at parties or clubs for their stimulant, mood altering and in some cases, aphrodisiac effect."

It goes on to warn about "possible contaminated ‘party pills"’ and advises people not to consume any unknown substances they may be offered.