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Health Research Board. (2019) National Drug Treatment Reporting System 2012-2018 drug data. Dublin: Health Research Board.

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Overview

In the seven-year period, 65,216 cases treated for problem drug use were reported to the NDTRS. The number of treated cases recorded increased from 8,005 in 2012 to 10,274 in 2018.

  • The proportion of new cases decreased from 40.9% in 2012 to 36.5% in 2017, then increased to 38.6% in 2018.
  • In 2018, the majority of cases were treated in outpatient facilities (65.4%), as in previous years.

 

Main problem drug (excluding alcohol)

  • Opioids (mainly heroin) were the most commonly reported main problem drug. The proportion of cases treated decreased from 52.0% in 2012 to 42.3% in 2018.
  • Cannabis was the second most common main drug reported. The proportion of cases treated decreased from 28.6% in 2012 to 23.0% in 2018. Cannabis was the most common main drug among new cases in 2018. However, the proportion of new cases reporting cannabis as a main problem decreased from 45.8% in 2012 to 38.0% in 2018.
  • Cocaine remains the third most common main drug reported. The proportion of cocaine cases increased from 8.3% in 2012 to 21.9% in 2018. Between 2017 and 2018, the number of cocaine cases increased by 50.3%.

 

Polydrug use

  • Over the period, the majority of cases reported polydrug use (59.5%).
  • The proportion of cases with polydrug use decreased from 61.5% in 2012 to 53.4% in 2018.
  • Alcohol (37.4%), benzodiazepines (36.2%), cannabis (35.3%), and cocaine (29.5%) were the most commonly reported additional drugs in 2018.

 

Risk Behaviour

  • The proportion of all cases that had ever injected decreased from 36.0% in 2012 to 26.7% in 2018.

 

Socio-demographic characteristics

  • The median age of cases increased from 28 years in 2012 to 31 years in 2018.
  • Seven in every ten cases reported over the period were male.
  • The proportion of cases recorded as homeless was 5.8% in 2012 and 9.5% in 2018.
  • Cases with an Irish Traveller ethnicity increased in proportion from 2.8% in 2012 to 3.3% in 2018.
  • A large proportion of cases were unemployed in 2018 (61.9%), as in previous years.
  • The proportion of cases in paid employment increased from 7.2% in 2012 to 16.9% in 2018.
Item Type
Report
Publication Type
Irish-related
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
November 2019
Pages
12 p.
Publisher
Health Research Board
Corporate Creators
Health Research Board
Place of Publication
Dublin
EndNote
Accession Number
HRB (Electronic Only)

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