Home > National Poisons Information Centre annual report 2021.

National Poisons Information Centre. (2022) National Poisons Information Centre annual report 2021. Dublin: National Poisons Information Centre.

PDF (National Poisons Information Centre annual report 2021) - Published Version

In 2021, NPIC received a total of 11,145 enquiries.

97.3% enquiries related to human poisoning. The busiest month was September and the busiest times of the day were from 4pm to 9pm.

Poisoning circumstances

  • 64% enquiries related to accidental poisonings
  • 18% enquiries were due to medication errors
  • 13% enquiries were for intentional poisonings

P. 15 In 2021, paracetamol, ibuprofen and ethanol were the top three agents implicated in poisoning enquiries

P. 18. There were 203 enquiries relating to 10 categories of drugs of abuse. The main drugs of abuse included cocaine, heroin, cannabis / cannabinoids and amphetamines. In many cases, more than one drug of abuse was involved.

Item Type
Publication Type
Irish-related, Report
Drug Type
All substances
Intervention Type
Harm reduction
December 2022
41 p.
National Poisons Information Centre
Corporate Creators
National Poisons Information Centre
Place of Publication

Repository Staff Only: item control page