Sunday 4 December 2016

Niamh Horan: 'Irish mothers and grannies are great for having a stash of something somewhere'

Users point to our dysfunctional national relationship with alcohol as they defend their casual use of prescription drugs, writes Niamh Horan

Published 17/01/2016 | 02:30

A hidden cohort of
A hidden cohort of "respectable" drug addicts has emerged in Ireland in recent years (Stock image)

Most of us are in agreement that to unwind over a glass of wine or beer is one of life's little luxuries. For some, it helps to relax in company, for others, it heralds a good night's sleep.

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So what happens when we use prescription pills for the same purpose? And why is middle-class Ireland so reticent about our dirty little secret?

The Rolling Stones called them 'mother's little helper' and bottles of anxiety and anti-depressant medications are in one-in-every-two homes in Ireland. They are passed between family members like contraband.

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