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Health Research Board. (2015) Drug-related deaths and deaths among drug users in Ireland: 2013 figures from the National Drug-Related Deaths Index. Dublin: Health Research Board.

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This update presents figures from the National Drug-Related Deaths Index (NDRDI) on deaths due to poisoning by alcohol and/or other drugs, and deaths among drug users, in the period 2004–2013.

Overview
• In the ten-year period 2004–2013 a total of 6,002 deaths by drug poisoning and deaths among drug users met the criteria for inclusion in the NDRDI database. Of these deaths, 3,519 were due to poisoning and 2,483 were deaths among drug users (non-poisoning).
• The annual number of deaths in 2013 increased to 679, compared to 658 in 2012. The 2013 figure is likely to be revised upwards when new data become available.
• Median age for all deaths in 2013 was 41 years and 491 (72%) of all deaths were male.


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