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Health Research Board. (2018) Drug treatment in Ireland NDTRS 2010 to 2016. Dublin: Health Research Board.

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Overview

In this seven-year period, 63,187 cases were treated. The number of cases rose from 8,806 in 2010 to 9,892 in 2015. In 2016 the number of cases fell to 9,227.

  • The proportion of new cases decreased from 42.5% in 2010 to 38.2% in 2016.
  • The majority of cases were treated in outpatient facilities (63.4%) over the period, similar to previous years.
  • The proportion of cases treated in prison decreased from 10.6% to 8.0% over the reporting period.
  • The proportion of cases treated in residential facilities increased from 14.0% in 2010 to 20.4% in 2016. 

Main problem drug (excluding alcohol):

  • Opiates (mainly heroin) were the most commonly reported drug. The proportion of cases treated decreased from 58.1% in 2010 to 47.0% in 2016.
  • Cannabis was the second most common drug among those treated. The proportion of cases who reported cannabis increased from 23.0% in 2010 to 26.4% in 2016.
  • Cannabis is the most common drug reported by new cases.
  • Cocaine remains the third most common drug reported. In 2016, 12.3% of cases reported problem cocaine use, the highest proportion since 2010.
  • The proportion of cases who reported benzodiazepines as a main problem drug increased from 4.1% in 2010 to 9.7% in 2016.
  • The proportion treated for Z-drugs increased from 0.1% in 2010 to 1.1% in 2016.
  • Reported problem use of novel psychoactive substances (NPS) as a main problem peaked in 2010, at 2.5% of all cases treated, and dropped to 0.4% of all cases treated in 2012. Since then it has increased slightly to represent 0.8% of all cases treated in 2016.
Item Type
Report
Publication Type
Irish-related, Report
Drug Type
Substances (not alcohol/tobacco), Cannabis, CNS depressants / Sedatives, CNS stimulants, Cocaine, Inhalents and solvents, Opioid, New psychoactive substance, Prescription/Over the counter
Intervention Type
Treatment method
Date
May 2018
Pages
10 p.
Publisher
Health Research Board
Corporate Creators
Health Research Board
Place of Publication
Dublin
EndNote
Accession Number
HRB (Electronic Only)

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