Gardaí have launched their #Riseabovetheinfluence drug awareness campaign as students return to college. The campaign aims to encourage students to seek out positive influences and avoid the harmful consequences of drugs misuse.

Detective Superintendent Sé McCormack of the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau said "Freshers’ Week should be a time for celebration, the beginning of something good in your life.  Don’t let drug use end your career before it starts.   

He is advising students that the use of drugs such as Cannabis, Cocaine, Ketamine and MDMA is a criminal offence and risks addiction, loss of career opportunities, under-achievement, and international travel restrictions. While taking un-prescribed ‘study’ drugs or sleeping pills can lead to anxiety, addiction and psychosis.

Drug use, he says, can lead to addiction, debt, prison and the destruction of your physical and mental health. You don’t know what you’re taking.  You don’t know where it will take you.

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