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Carew, Anne Marie and Cafferty, Siobhan and Long, Jean and Bellerose, Delphine and Lyons, Suzi (2013) Travellers accessing addiction services in Ireland (2007 to 2010): analysis of routine surveillance data. Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse , 12 , (4) , pp. 339-335.

By accessing addiction treatment services recorded in routine national drug treatment data, the characteristics of Irish Travellers were analyzed to understand their needs and develop policies to tackle issues faced by this community. The number of Traveller cases accessing services increased by 163% between 2007 and 2010. Alcohol and opiates were the most common problem substances reported. Traveller women reported high rates of problem opiate use and risky injecting behaviors, contrary to the perception that problem substance use is a predominantly male issue. This presents a challenge to services to provide targeted, effective services to Travellers with problem substance use.

 

Item Type:Article
Date:2013
Page Range:pp. 339-335
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
Volume:12
Number:4
EndNote:View
Accession Number:HRB (Available)
Subjects:T Demographic characteristics > Intravenous / injecting drug user
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Health care programme or facility > Substance disorder treatment unit
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland
MA-ML Social science, culture and community > Sociocultural discrimination concepts > Minority group (racial group, immigrant, Traveller)
T Demographic characteristics > Woman (women / female)
B Substances > Opioids (opiates)
T Demographic characteristics > Gender differences
T Demographic characteristics > Substance user

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