Today’s headlines: Ireland witnesses spike in opioid deaths; and surrogate mothers in a dangerous situation in Ukraine

Here are this morning’s top stories from Independent.ie:

Ireland is seeing a spike in opioid deaths as prescription rates rise

Use of the highly addictive prescription pain reliever oxycodone has risen sharply in Ireland over the past decade, with the prescription rate for the drug increasing by more than 50 per cent.

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Biden warns Xi there will be consequences if China supplies arms to Russia

Joe Biden last night warned of “consequences” if Beijing provided weapons to Russia to support its invasion of Ukraine.

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“Catriona Carey was so convincing – sometimes I want to stick my head through a concrete wall and wish I was dead.”

Catriona Carey is now facing the biggest fight of her life. Gardaí are intensifying their investigation into multiple fraud allegations relating to their Careysfort Asset Estates business, receivers have been appointed to one of two properties she owns, her network of business contacts is washing her hands and she faces court next month over alleged traffic offences.

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War Babies: The Plight of Surrogate Mothers Stranded in Ukraine

Thousands of babies are born to foreign parents by Ukrainian women every year. But surrogates now find themselves in a dangerous situation — and the future of their babies is uncertain.

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People bleeding or burning to death in hellish Mariupol as street fights rage

Chechen special forces fought house-to-house in Mariupol yesterday as gun battles were reported in the devastated city center. Moscow said it was “tightening the noose” as Russian-backed troops had reached the center of the besieged Ukrainian city after weeks of pressure and shelling.

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A coalition of gas guzzlers, because only three ministers use electric vehicles

Ministers are still unable to push ahead with the switch to electric vehicles as the majority stick to their petrol and diesel cars. Only two ministers and one head of department – all from the Greens – use all-electric cars for their official business.

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High childcare costs are forcing too many young women to choose between family and work

Young mothers forced to abandon their careers due to Ireland’s childcare crisis are experiencing a “loss of identity” and struggling financially as the cost of living soars.

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Suspension of P&O ferry could lead to empty supermarket shelves and price increases

Irish hauliers have warned that the continued suspension of P&O Ferries services could result in empty supermarket shelves and food price hikes in some major retail chains.

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Supporting war refugees entering state systems has the highest priority

A 15-day-old baby and a 39-week pregnant woman are among Ukrainians who have taken refuge in Ireland since the start of the devastating war that has forced them to flee.

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Concerned repatriation awaits the family of slain Irish journalist Pierre

The family of Irish photojournalist Pierre Zakrzewski, who was killed in Ukraine this week, are eagerly awaiting news of the mission to bring their beloved son and brother to Dublin for the funeral.

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‘The closest thing you can get is a rock star’: Jockey Rachael Blackmore makes history again

Rachael Blackmore made history again after becoming the first jockey to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup. The Tipperary jockey said she felt like a “rock star” as the 73,875 spectators went wild as she crossed the finish line on A Plus Tard yesterday.

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An Irish aid convoy arrives at the Ukraine-Polish border with urgent supplies

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