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[thejournal.ie] Heroin deaths on the rise in Ireland for the first time in four years. (14 Dec 2015)

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Heroin deaths have increased in Ireland for the first time since 2009, new figures from the Health Research Board (HRB) have shown.

The State-affiliated body conducts research into a number of areas related to public health, and monitors the number of drug related deaths each year.

The new figures are for 2013 and look at both poisoning deaths, more commonly known as an overdoses, and non-poisoning deaths, which come about as a result of drug-related trauma.

When all drug-related deaths were taken into account, there were 679 poisoning and non-poisoning deaths in 2013, bringing the number of people who suffered drug-related deaths in the past 10 years to more than 6,000.

Heroin problem 

In total, the figures for 2013 show 86 poisoning deaths where heroin was involved.

In around half of these cases the users were known to be injecting the drug at the time of their death.

Two in five of those who died from heroin were not alone at the time of their death, something the HRB has says indicates that there was a possibility the person’s life could have been saved.

Item Type:News
Source:thejournal.ie
Date:14 December 2015
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Subjects:B Substances > Opioids (opiates)
G Health and disease > Substance use disorder > Multiple substance use (Poly-drug /Poly-substance)
G Health and disease > Substance use disorder > Drug use > Drug intoxication > Poisoning (overdose)
P Demography, epidemiology, and history > Population dynamics > Substance related mortality / death
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland

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