Needle Exchange Clinics:

Aisling Clinic: Ballyfermot D.10
Mondays 2.15 p.m. to 4.30 p.m.

Ballyfermot Health Centre:
Tuesdays 2.15 p.m. to 4.30 p.m.

Inchicore Health Centre:

Thursdays 2.15 p.m. to 4.30 p.m.

Needle Exchange is available every afternoon in:

Merchants Quay Project: Monday to Friday, 2.00 p.m. to 4.30 p.m.

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Street Drugs
Street Drugs

For more information on any of the following drugs, please click on the name of the drug:

  • Acid is usually taken on small square piece of blotting paper that has been soaked in a solution containing LSD and dried out or as a gelatine or liquid solution.

  • Alcohol

  • Cocaine is a powerful central nervous system (CNS) stimulant that heightens alertness, inhibits appetite and the need for sleep, and provides intense feelings of pleasure. It is prepared from the leaf of the Erythroxylon coca bush, which grows primarily in Peru and Bolivia.

  • Ecstacy is a drug called MDMA, a natural version of which is found in nutmeg and oil of sassafras. It was first discovered in 1912 and patented as an appetite suppressant in 1914 by a German company. It's never been produced on a commercial basis by a drug company, but was used in the 1970's by American psychotherapists as an aid to therapy before being outlawed in the mid 80's. Ecstacy is a stimulant drug with some of the properties of LSD, but it doesn't cause hallucinations. As it has only been used widely as a recreational drug since the mid 1980's, little is known about possible long-term effects. Medical research is only now exploring these potential problems.

  • Heroin is one of a group of drugs that come from the opium poppy. This group includes morphine and codeine, but heroin is the strongest. It is the most effective painkiller doctors have, being used to treat severe pain in patients suffering from terminal diseases.

  • Inhalants are ordinary household products that are inhaled or sniffed by children to get high. There are hundreds of household products on the market today that can be mis-used as inhalants.

  • Although pharmaceutical Ketamine (under the brand name of Ketalar) is stocked in hospital pharmacies, the drug you come across on the street will have probably been imported from Eastern Europe, Mexico or the Indian sub-continent. It is very easy to turn this liquid into a crystallised powder. Although it is still around as a pill and in liquid form, it is the powder form that's most commonly appears on the streets. Ketamine is not chemically related to ecstacy, LSD, magic mushrooms or smack (heroin). It is a chemical relative of phencyclidine (PCP) or as it's known in the USA: Angel Dust. Ketamine is a short acting hallucinogenic 'dissociative' anaesthetic with analgesic properties.

  • Marijuana is a product of the hemp plant (Cannabis Sativa). The main active chemical in marijuana, also present in other forms of cannabis, is THC (delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol). Of roughly 400 chemicals found in the cannabis plant, THC affects the brain the most.

  • Mushrooms are a naturally grown mushroom or can be ordered in a kit and grown in a closet or basement.

  • Speed and Ice are the most common street name for a range of stimulants, mainly the amphetamines. These are drugs that make people feel more alert and energetic by activating or exciting the central nervous system.

  • Tobacco is smoked or chewed so that the nicotine is absorbed via the gums.
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