Merchants Quay Ireland launches a website containing advice and information on drugs associated with the dance and club scene.

The website, aims to inform clubbers about the risks associated with the use of drugs like ecstasy, amphetamines, cocaine and even heroin. There is also practical advice on how to minimise the potential harmful effects. While the drugs are easily available, up to now, there has been a lack of information about their effects.

Ireland's club scene is booming and so too is though is the culture of dance drugs with an estimated one million ecstasy pills being popped every week in towns and cities across the country.

The website hopes to educate rather than preach. Niamh Randall, Information Officer at Merchants Quay Ireland, says that the organisation does not condone drug use but rather recognise that it exists.

We just wanted to present the information in an accessible, easy to use format. also has information for pub and nightclub owners in relation to the provision of a chill out area and access to drinking water. There is also advice for concerned parents and friends of drug users.

Merchants Quay Ireland hopes to address an information deficit and is asking visitors to the website to complete a confidential online questionnaire.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 8 October 2001. The reporter is Sharon Ní Bheoláin.