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I'm being intimidated because I know about drug-related activity locally. What can I do?

If you or someone you know is experiencing drug-related intimidation, there is help and support available. The Drug-Related Intimidation Reporting Programme responds to the needs of drug users and family members experiencing drug related intimidation. 

An Inspector is appointed in every Garda Division to respond to the issue of drug related intimidation. These Inspectors are of management level within An Garda Síochána and have great expertise, knowledge and vast experience. They will liaise directly with their local Superintendent in relation to each individual case. Persons seeking the assistance of the Inspector in their area may contact their Inspector to arrange to meet with them either formally or informally.   

An Garda Síochána, in dealing with any complaint of drug related intimidation or advice sought in relation to this issue, will do so with the utmost safety and effective means in order to afford the person or family subject to the threat of the best level of security, advice and support which can be offered. Most importantly, An Garda Síochána will deal with this issue in the utmost confidential and secure fashion. 

An Garda Síochána will offer the following:

• Confidentiality

• Provide practical safety information

• Provide advice in relation to particular threats or instances of intimidation

• Provide information on appropriate drug support services for the individual in the family who is accruing drug debts

• Outline how to make a formal complaint, what is involved, what happens after and possible outcomes.

Further Information:

The National Family Support Network, in partnership with the Garda National Drugs Unit and other key agencies, have developed the following resources to support the Drug Related Intimidation Programme:

• Drug Related Intimidation Reporting Programme Leaflet

• Responding to Intimidation Video *

• Contact details for nominated Inspectors for Intimidation Programme – 2016

* This video is not hosted by An Garda Siochana

The Family Support Network  Phone: +353 (01) 8365 168 Phone: +353 (01) 874 7156


How do I report illegal drug use?

Nationwide each region has dedicated Garda personnel committed to policing drug misuse. Please contact your local Garda Station if you would like to pass on information about drug misuse. 

Every district in Dublin city has a local drug unit that tackles the sale and distribution of controlled drugs at a local level. To find out which drug unit covers your area, please contact your local Garda Station.  

Also, if you have any information that could help Gardaí in combating drug dealers please ring the Garda Confidential Line Freephone on 1800 666111 or ring GNDOCB on +353 1 6669900.  

Information, video and leaflets on Drug Related Intimidation Reporting Programme are available here

How can I recognise the signs of drug taking?

It is often difficult to tell if someone is using drugs because different substances can affect people in different ways. However, the following signs apply in a great many cases:

  • Sudden changes in mood and behaviour e.g. from happy and energetic to moody and irritable
  • Abnormal sleep patterns
  • Loss of appetite
  • Depression
  • Lack of motivation
  • Lying and stealing money or goods
  • Secrecy about activities and whereabouts
  • Keeping late hours and new or strange friends

How do I recognise drugs? 

There is no certain way to identify illegal substances except by analysis. However signs to look out for include:

  • Small plastic or elaborately folded wraps
  • Burnt foil and spoons, syringes and small bottles
  • Herbal substance or a solid, crumbly brown resin
  • Shredded cigarettes
  • Unusual pills, powders or liquids in small quantities
  • Strong sweet smoky smell


What drugs are misused in Ireland?

  • Cannabis (Herbal and resin)
  • Heroin (Diamorphine)
  • Cocaine
  • Ecstasy
  • Amphetamines         
  • Ketamine  
  • Crack Cocaine
  • Synthetic Cannabnoids (e.g. JWH 018)
  • Psilocybin (Magic mushrooms)  
  • Benzylpiperazine  
  • TMFPP    
  • Methadone
  • Mephedrone    
  • Methedrone   
  • Butylone
  • Flephedrone    
  • Methylenedioxypyrovalerone   
  • Naphyrone      
  • Dimethocaine 
  • Flourotropacocaine  
  • GHB (Gammahydroxybutyrate) 
  • LSD (Lysergic acid)

What's the current law on drugs in Ireland?

Passing drugs among friends constitutes a supplying offence. Allowing your house or premises to be used for drug misuse is also illegal. A conviction under the Misuse of Drugs Act can affect future employment prospects and many countries refuse visas to people with drug convictions. Misuse will often invalidate insurance policies, including holiday, vehicle and health cover.  

Where else can I get help?

A comprehensive directory of alcohol, drugs and related services is available at health promotion offices at the various regional health boards.   

Useful Phone Numbers 

Drugs/HIV Helpline Freephone 1800 459 459

Baggot Street Drug Treatment Centre 01 6602189

Aisling Clinic, Cherryorchard Hospital 01 620 6010

City Clinic  01 8555310

Dolphin House 01 4540021

Domville House 01 8620298

Merchants Quay Project 01 6790044

Trinity Court  01 6488600

National Counselling Service Freephone  1800 235 234

Emergency Accommodation Freephone  1800 724 724 

Useful Websites 

www.drugs.ie Comprehensive drug abuse information website

www.hrb.ie/ndc Health Research Board website

www.citywide.ie Citywide Drugs Crisis Campaign

www.dtcb.ie Drug Treatment Centre Board

www.nacd.ie National Advisory Committee on Drugs

www.emcdda.europa.eu European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction

www.hse.ie Health Service Executive