Dublin's new drug dealers: 'I never thought I would be doing this' | World news | The Guardian
Dublin's illegal trade in sleeping tablets and painkillersIn her grey hooded jacket, gold hooped earrings and dyed black hair, grandmother Sandra* stands out among the young emaciated heroin addicts in central Dublin.
Across the road from the Abbey theatre, a group of young men knock back brown medicine bottles of "phi", a mix of liquid methadone.
One of them, a young bearded man in a Dublin Gaelic football team track top, comes forward hobbling on a crutch. A heroin drought in the city has left him desperate for drugs to help him sleep. Money is exchanged and Sandra hands over a blister pack of tablets. More......
• €20 (£17) can buy 10 tablets.
• The two most popular drugs are Zopiclone and Zimovane.
• The drugs, which are highly powerful painkillers and sleeping tablets, are used to help addicts sleep and numb pain, especially during heroin "droughts".
• The tablets are smuggled from Pakistan and China via Europe. Some are re-packaged in countries such as Croatia and Germany.
• Sellers can earn up to €500 euros per week.