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Students are urged to ‘rise above influence’ of drugs

CLARE college students are being warned by gardaí that drug use can “end your career before it starts”.
Gardaí in Clare have issued advice to students starting college this month including urging them to “rise above the influence” of drugs.
Clare Crime Prevention Officer Sergeant Triona Brooks said, “Starting off in college is the beginning of something good in your life so don’t let drug use end your career before it starts.
“If you use drugs such as cannabis, cocaine, ketamine and MDMA, you are committing a criminal offence and also risking addiction, loss of career opportunities, under-achievement, and international travel restrictions.
“Taking un-prescribed ‘study’ drugs or sleeping pills can lead to anxiety, addiction and psychosis. Multiple or poly-drug use is extremely dangerous and increases your risk of overdose or death.”
She continued, “While An Garda Síochána strive to keep people safe, we also believe that you can also help keep yourself safe.
“Contact the emergency services if you become ill after consuming a drug or are in the presence of somebody who may be ill.
“Our “Rise above the influence” message is simple. Your future is in your hands.
“Seek out positive influences on campus. Choose the influences which will enhance your future career. Make responsible decisions for yourself and be aware of those around you. Don’t become another victim of the drug trade.
“Drug use 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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