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Lyons, Suzi (2009) Treated problem drug use: figures for 2007. Drugnet Ireland , Issue 31, Autumn 2009 , p. 12.

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Figures from the National Drug Treatment Reporting System (NDTRS) for treated problem drug use in Ireland for 2007 by HSE area of residence are currently available on the HRB website.¬1 

Some of the main results are:
  • 13,620 cases were treated in 2007, of whom 5,977 entered treatment in that year.  The majority of cases attended outpatient services.
  • The prevalence of treated problem drug use among 15–64-year-olds living in Ireland per 100,000 of the population increased by 4%, from 426 in 2006 to 445 in 2007.
  • New cases entering treatment are an indirect indicator of recent trends in problem drug use.  The incidence of treated problem drug use among 15–64-year-olds living in Ireland per 100,000 of the population increased from 75 in 2006 to 80 in 2007.
  • An opiate (mainly heroin) was the most common main problem drug reported by cases entering treatment in 2007.
  • The majority (67.1%) of cases treated in 2007 reported problem use of more than one substance, which was slightly lower than the 2006 figure (71.1%).  Alcohol was reported as an additional problem substance in 40% of all treated cases.
  • Many problem drug users in treatment are young and male, have low levels of education and are unlikely to be employed.
  • Almost 14% of all new cases treated in 2007 were aged under 18 years, a slight increase on the 2006 figure. Almost 3% of previously treated cases were aged under 18 years, as in 2006.
  • Significant improvements in the NDTRS data collection processes and procedures mean that the HRB is now able to report on the information collected from treatment centres on a more regular basis. 
 1. Alcohol and Drug Research Unit (2009) Treated problem drug use in Ireland: figures for 2007 from the National Drug Treatment Reporting System. Dublin: Health Research Board. Available at www.hrb.ie/publications/alcohol-drugs
 
Item Type:Article
Issue Title:Issue 31, Autumn 2009
Date:October 2009
Page Range:p. 12
Publisher:Health Research Board
Volume:Issue 31, Autumn 2009
EndNote:View
Accession Number:HRB (Available)
Subjects:HJ Treatment method > Substance disorder treatment method
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Treatment and maintenance > Treatment factors
A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Prevalence > Substance use behaviour

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