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Houghton, Frank and Keane, Niall and Murphy, N and Houghton, S and Dunne, C (2011) 12 month prevalence of drug use among third-level students in Limerick City. Irish Medical Journal , 104 , (5) .

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Drug misuse remains a crucial concern in modern Ireland. Nationally representative information on this issue among students was published in 2005 as part of the CLAN Survey.1 The current study was designed to provide current local information on student health and lifestyles in Limerick City. This short piece focuses on drug use and misuse. A quota sampling frame was used to distribute 1,000 questionnaires during lectures in a third level college in Limerick City. In addition to a number of other mental health questionnaires, this survey included a section on drug use and misuse.2 A response rate of 76% was achieved. Participants ranged in age from 17 to 63 years (mean 22.2, SD=5.65, median 20). 52% of respondents were male (386) and 48% (356) were female. Analysis excludes those (0.66%, n=5) that claimed to have taken a ‘dummy drug’ named ‘Relevin’...


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