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Health Protection Surveillance Centre. (2018) Drug-related bloodborne viruses in Ireland. Dublin: Health Protection Surveillance Centre.

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The main risk factor for transmission of bloodborne viruses (BBVs) in drug users in Ireland is injecting opioids, particularly heroin. Estimates from a 2014 capture-recapture study indicate that there are just under 19,000 problem opioid users in Ireland, with over 70% living in Dublin1. This is similar to the estimate from a previous capture-recapture study carried out in 20062. However, the age profile of opioid users changed significantly between 2006 and 2014. Results from the 2014 study indicate that 60% of Ireland’s opioid users are aged between 35 and 64 years compared to less than one third in the 2006 study. Furthermore, only 6% were aged between 15 and 24 years compared to over one fifth in the previous study. These results indicate a high prevalence of opioid use among older drug users, but a declining incidence of problem opioid use in Ireland.

Date:September 2018
Pages:42 p.
Publisher:Health Protection Surveillance Centre
Corporate Creators:Health Protection Surveillance Centre
Place of Publication:Dublin
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Accession Number:HRB (Electronic Only)
Subjects:B Substances > Sedatives or tranquillisers (CNS depressants) > Benzodiazepine
B Substances > Cocaine
B Substances > Opioids (opiates)
B Substances > Steroids of abuse
B Substances > New (novel) psychoactive substances
G Health and disease > Etiology > Disease transmission factor
G Health and disease > Substance use disorder > Multiple substance use (Poly-drug /Poly-substance)
G Health and disease > Disorder by cause > Communicable disease
G Health and disease > Disorder by cause > Communicable disease > HIV
G Health and disease > Disorder by cause > Communicable disease > Hepatitis B
G Health and disease > Disorder by cause > Communicable disease > Hepatitis C
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Health related prevention > Health information and education > Communicable disease control > Needle distribution and exchange
L Social psychology and related concepts > Physical context or place > Safe spaces for drug users (injecting centre / consumption rooms)
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland

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