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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.
Date:November 2019
Pages:12 p.
Publisher:Health Research Board
Corporate Creators:Health Research Board
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
B Substances > Cannabis / Marijuana
B Substances > Opioids (opiates)
B Substances > Opioids (opiates) > Heroin
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Treatment and maintenance
T Demographic characteristics > Intravenous / injecting drug user
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland

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