Gets to know.......Ireland's rural drug scene

Collective Whisper podcast

08-04-2022 • 46 mins

On this episode Simon K speaks about Ireland's rural drug scene and how it is changing Irish lives.

Cocaine is the second most commonly used drug among students in Ireland, according to a new survey.

In first place for recreational drug use with this cohort is cannabis, while cocaine is now thought to be more widely used today than ecstasy.

According to Ireland’s drug crisis campaign, there has been a consistent increase in drug use in the Irish population since regular population surveying began in 2002, with males and young people being the most common users.

He also speaks to Irish examiner journalist Ann Murphy about rural drug use in Ireland.

Ann Murphy

Ann Murphy is  an award-winning journalist and  a general news reporter with the Irish Examiner. Ann was previously crime reporter at The Echo (Cork), where she spent 19 years.

In 2020 She was bestowed with a prestigious Justice Media Award from the Law Society of Ireland.

Ms Murphy was the recipient of the award in the Print/online journalism (local) category, receiving recognition for her ‘Sex for rent’ investigation.

Murphy graduated from Mary Immaculate College, Ireland.

She has  written a book on drug smuggling in Ireland, published in 2008 called

Nothing to Declare : The Drug Smugglers' Deadly Trade


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