The Anti-Drug Movement in Dublin

  • Catherine Doyle A recent graduate of the Masters in Community Education, Equality and Social Activism, National University of Ireland, Maynooth


This article is based on a qualitative research study which I undertook in 2013with activists, involved in the initial community response to the drug problems in Dublin. In the late 1970s and early 1980s particular working class areas of Dublin’s inner city developed a community drugs problem. A community drugs problem is characterised by a large number of people using drugs in a small area (Cullen, 1991). When the drug problem first presented itself in Dublin, it was concentrated in two main areas of the city, the Hardwick St flats on the North side, and St Theresa’s Gardens on the South side of the city. Initially, the problem began with heroin, which was killing working class children, as young as fourteen and fifteen. Families and whole communities were devastated by what later became known as ‘the heroin epidemic’. Over time the problem has become much worse and now involves poly drug use.

How to Cite
Doyle, C. (2014) “The Anti-Drug Movement in Dublin”, Concept, 5(1), p. 9. Available at: (Accessed: 30July2021).