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[thejournal.ie] Almost 10,000 people are in methadone programmes in Ireland – and the number is rising. (21 Jun 2015)

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Figures released by the Minister for Health to independent TD Tommy Broughan show that as of the end of May this year, 9,866 people were receiving treatment.

The drug is used to treat addiction to heroin and other opiates.

Dublin and its surrounding areas of Kildare and west Wicklow, account for over 7,000 of those in receipt of treatment.

A further 657 are of no fixed abode.

 

The areas are:

Area 1: Donegal, Sligo/Leitrim/West Cavan and Cavan/Monaghan
Area 2: Galway, Roscommon and Mayo
Area 3: Clare, Limerick, and North Tipperary/East Limerick
Area 4: Kerry, North Cork, North Lee, South Lee, and West Cork
Area 5: South Tipperary, Carlow/Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford
Area 6: Wicklow, Dun Laoghaire and Dublin South East
Area 7: Kildare/West Wicklow, Dublin West, Dublin South City, and Dublin South West
Area 8: Laois/Offaly, Longford/Westmeath, Louth and Meath
Area 9: Dublin North, Dublin North Central and Dublin North West

Earlier this year, Health Minister Leo Varadkar said that methadone was implicated in 86 poisonings in 2012.

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