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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.

Item Type
Publication Type
Irish-related, Report
Drug Type
Substances (not alcohol/tobacco), Opioid
Intervention Type
Harm reduction
September 2018
42 p.
Health Protection Surveillance Centre
Corporate Creators
Health Protection Surveillance Centre
Place of Publication
Accession Number
HRB (Electronic Only)

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