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Kidd, Martina (2014) Data co-ordination overview of drug misuse 2013. Waterford: Health Service Executive.

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This is the 14th edition of the Data Co-ordination Overview of Drug Misuse in the South East region which covers the counties of Wexford, Waterford, Carlow, Kilkenny and South Tipperary.

Similar to previous years, this data report provides a comprehensive overview of the activity and outcomes that have been achieved by statutory and voluntary agencies working in the area of substance misuse. It shows that in 2013, a total of 3,818 individuals made contact with our services. Of these, 3,447 engaged in a treatment intervention, 3,094 of whom were from the South East region.

As with other years, alcohol continues to be the main reason for presentation to our services with 51% citing it as their primary problematic substance. Although it is still the primary substance of misuse in 2013, it represents a smaller proportion to previous years with an increase in the percentage of individuals who presented due to heroin and cannabis use, both at 19% in 2013.

In 2013, 48 staff within the region trained in the Community Reinforcement Approach (C.R.A.), 29 of which were working towards their C.R.A. accreditation. The C.R.A. provides an evidence based model of working positively with individuals, their families and community to encourage and support recovery. Seven staff were trained in functional family therapy.

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