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Ballymun Youth Action Project. (2004) Benzodiazepines- whose little helper? The role of benzodiazepines in the development of substance misuse problems in Ballymun. Dublin: National Advisory Committee on Drugs.

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This report examines the problem of benzodiazepine use in the Ballymun area with the goal of formulating appropriate responses. A number of target groups were identified in order to gather information and to make the research community based. They were: local healthcare professionals, including doctors and pharmacists; legitimately prescribed benzodiazepine consumers; opiate and multisubstance misusers; young people who are likely to include benzodiazepines in their drug repertoire and community and voluntary organisations who interface with benzodiazepine use. The research suggests that benzodiazepine prescribing in Ballymun may be notably higher than the national level. Research also identifies elements of a relationship between socio-economic disadvantage and benzodiazepine use, and suggests a clear gender bias in their prescribing: women are prescribed almost two-thirds of all of this type of drug prescribed in the area. The report also shows that there is a general acceptance of these drugs in Ballymun. As the report notes, if the use of this one specific drug type, which is also a drug of misuse, becomes acceptable or normalised, then this can have a contributory effect when it comes to considering the misuse of other drugs. The report finds that there is a significant supply of benzodiazepines, which appear to originate from prescriptions, which appears to be common and culturally acceptable. The drug also appears to play a role in the development of substance misuse problems.


Date
2004
Call No
BH, VH4.2 D11
Pages
48 p.
Publisher
National Advisory Committee on Drugs
Corporate Creators
Ballymun Youth Action Project
Place of Publication
Dublin
ISBN
0-9548772-1-7
EndNote
Accession Number
HRB 2703 (Available), HRB 2704 (Available)
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