Help Not Harm

Supporting a realistic, evidence-based approach to drug policy in Ireland.

What We Do

Help Not Harm aims to update Ireland's current approach around drugs to help people and communities. We believe policy should be pragmatic and realistic in its objectives. People are currently using drugs in a way that is harmful to themselves and others. With a more effective approach we could be bringing help to the people and communities that need it the most.

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Our Goals

Promoting a compassionate, evidence based approach to drug policy in Ireland.

Medical Cannabis

Promoting regulated access to cannabis-based medicines in Ireland and to end the criminilization of sick people seeking help.

Drug Welfare

Providing drug welfare services and distributing information at music festivals and events to keep people safe and reduce the burden on medics.


Taking a health-based approach, rather than a criminal approach, to more effectively help people and communities effected negatively by drugs.

Co-Founder and CEO

Graham de Barra

Co-Founder of Help Not Harm with Paul Birch (founder of Bebo), Graham is the Executive Director and has been featured on RTÉ Radio One, Today FM,, Newstalk and RTÉ 2 documentary "Reality Bites."

Previously Graham served as secretary to the board of Students for Sensible Drug Policy for two-and-a-half years and found Students for Sensible Drug Policy Ireland which is currently present in five Irish colleges, updating Ireland's drug education.

Currently Graham sits on the Education and Prevention Committee to the National Drugs Strategy (2017 – 2024) and was an advisor to the Cannabis for Medicinal Use Regulation Bill 2016.

Graham conducted the largest ever student drug survey among third level students in Ireland with Dr. Colin O’Driscoll and Tim Bingham, which was featured in the Irish Examiner, Hot Press, SpunOut and The University Times.

Graduating with a LL.M in international human rights law and a B.A. in philosophy, Graham directs non-profit campaigns and blockchain technology start-ups.

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