Findings from study on local Synthetic Cannabinoid use to be revealed

The Minister of State, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin TD is to launch the findings of a new community led study into the use of Synthetic Cannabinoid use in Co Monaghan.

The partnership led study highlights the concerns of number of locally-based Health and support organisations with regards the consequences of increasing synthetic cannabis use or so called “herbal highs” in the region.

Having earlier commissioned an an investigation into the extent of the problem in Co Monaghan, the findings are set to be revealed at a public event, held at Teach Na nDaoine Family Resource Centre in Monaghan next week, Wednesday, November 25, at 2:30 pm.

“The event will give an overview of the research, its findings and main recommendations as well as an address by other key-note speakers who will be able to give an indication of how this issue is evolving,” a spokesperson for Cavan-Monaghan Drug Awareness told The Anglo-Celt.

Only five prosecutions have been taken under the legislation introduced to outlaw legal highs, The Psychoactive Substances Act. In order to pursue a prosecution the drugs seized or being sold must be classified as psychoactive but addiction services say the drug manufacturers are changing chemical compounds quicker than legislation can be amended.