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Depaul. (2019) Depaul annual report 2018. Dublin: Depaul.

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In 2018, Depaul…

  • Saw a 18% drop in move-ons from its services, leaving people stuck in homelessness (636 in 2018 from 774 in 2017).
  • Saw 15 babies born in to its services in 2018.
  • Saved 60 (+150% on previous year) lives through the administration of Naloxone, a life-saving antidote that reverses the effects of drug overdose.
  • Helped a total of 881 children, an increase of 13% on the previous year.
  • By the end of 2018 created Depaul Housing Association as an Approved Housing Body (AHB).

Over the course of 2018 Depaul witnessed a huge rise in the number of suspected overdoses within its services. 60 lives were saved through the administration of Naloxone, a life-saving antidote which reverses the effects of a drug overdose. The number of suspected overdoses stood at 127, an 81% increase on 2017. Depaul provided training to 106 staff in 2018 so they could spot the signs of overdose and intervene where necessary.

Speaking on the 60 lives saved Depaul’s Director of Services for the Republic of Ireland Dermot Murphy said;

“It is clear from the amount of lives saved and suspected overdoses within our services that we are dealing with a growing drug problem. We have witnessed a huge rise in poly-substance addictions where the people we work with are addicted to two or more types of drug. This is an alarming trend as it can be extremely difficult to treat a person who presents with multiple addictions.

“Other trends we have experienced within our services include a marked rise in the use of crack cocaine. The use of prescription drugs such as Pregablin (Lyrica) and benzodiazepines are also quite noticeable with people presenting with drug addictions to our services.

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