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Blanchardstown Local Drug and Alcohol Task Force. (2019) Drug and Alcohol Trends Monitoring System (DATMS) 2018: year 3. Dublin: Blanchardstown Local Drug and Alcohol Task Force.

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 Key findings include:

 

  • Mapping treatment demand identifies that drug and alcohol dependence is a community wide issue affecting all socio-economic groups, though is more pronounced in deprived areas
  • Treated drug users report an increase in the use of alcohol, cannabis herb, cocaine powder, benzodiazepines and z drugs
  • Evidence of drug use during school hours in 8 local secondary schools/training centres
  • Easy access to drugs continues and is facilitated by general practitioners prescribing drugs and an increase in the number of under 18s dealing
  • Prevalence rates of drug and alcohol use in the general population suggest 53,000 (65%) of the Dublin 15 population use alcohol and 4,000 (11%) use illegal drugs on a monthly basis
  • Family members of drug users continue to report the negative impact drug and alcohol dependence has on the family
  • Prevalence rates of drug and alcohol dependence suggest a large proportion of problem users not in treatment; identifying the challenge for local services to proactively identify and engage drug dependent people in treatment
  • Access to mental health services continues to be an issue (see report for other gaps in service provision)
Date:2019
Pages:118 p.
Publisher:Blanchardstown Local Drug and Alcohol Task Force
Corporate Creators:Blanchardstown Local Drug and Alcohol Task Force
Place of Publication:Dublin
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Accession Number:HRB (Electronic Only)
Subjects:A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Prevalence
A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Prevalence > Problem substance use
G Health and disease > State of health > Physical health
G Health and disease > State of health > Mental health
G Health and disease > Substance use disorder > Multiple substance use (Polydrug)
G Health and disease > Substance use disorder > Alcohol use
MA-ML Social science, culture and community > Social condition > Homelessness
MA-ML Social science, culture and community > Community action > Community involvement > Task forces
T Demographic characteristics > Substance user
T Demographic characteristics > Intravenous / injecting drug user
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland > Dublin

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