The Citizens’ Assembly on Drugs, which began in April 2023 and runs until October 2023, is considering how Ireland should respond to the issue of drugs, at a time when there is general agreement that our existing approach is not working.
As a society, we are adding to the burden of our policy failures on key social and economic issues with an approach to drugs that increases blame, shame, stigma and criminalisation.
To help us to understand why it is not working and what kind of change is needed, we would like you to hear the stories of people who are living with the impact of our current approach, people who use drugs, their family members and community activists, who are working together to bring about change.
We invite you to listen to our stories and to join the national conversation about why we need change:
Untold Stories Podcast includes five episodes, where five activists from across different communities tell their own stories of how our current approach to drugs has impacted on them and how it has led them to working to bring about change. Our community activists include people who use drugs, their family members and members of the wider community, working together in solidarity to bring about change.