How many people in Ireland are in treatment for drug and alcohol use?
The National Drug Treatment Reporting System (NDTRS) collects anonymous data about people in drug and alcohol treatment from general practitioners, low threshold services (that provide low-dose methadone or drop-in facilities only), outpatient and inpatient centres.
Through interactive tables on our website you can search for the latest treatment data on eight different types of drug, including alcohol. The results of your analysis can be organised by year, age group, gender and geographical region of residence, and groups of variables
Or you can read the latest reports from the NDTRS:
The NDTRS is a database that contains anonymous information about people in drug and alcohol treatment in Ireland. Information is collected from general practitioners, low-threshold services (that provide low-dose methadone or drop-in facilities only), outpatient and inpatient centres.
NDTRS information is used by policy makers and service providers
Data collection for the NDTRS is carried out via an online web-based system. For detailed information about this, and/or how to contribute / participate, please contact the team at ndtrs(at)hrb.ie
The information collected includes:
NDTRS data collection documents:
HRB-National Drug Treatment Reporting System Data Collection Form.pdf - A3 sized form that captures the following data: Demographic details; Referral/assessment details; Treatment details; Drug use; Risk behaviour; Activity details; Exit details.
National Drug Treatment Reporting System NDTRS Protocol for completing the hard copy form.pdf - Guide to completing the NDTRS Data collection form - Revised 2016
If your service provides treatment for problem drug and alcohol use, it is very important that you participate in the NDTRS so that there is a complete overview of treatment demand for problem substance use in Ireland. To participate in the NDTRS, please contact the NDTRS team at ndtrs(at)hrb.ie
Service providers: Analysis of the data collected is provided, on request, to treatment providers, managers and taskforce co-ordinators who participate in the NDTRS by contacting email@example.com
For researchers, and all others requiring data please see our special interactive tables on the library website at www.drugsandalcohol.ie, you can search treatment data on nine different types of drug, including alcohol. The results of your analysis can be organised by year, age group, gender and geographical region of residence (county, HSE region, local health office, regional or local drugs task force area), and groups of variables.
If the data you need is not available through the tables, please send a written request to ndtrs(at)hrb.ie, including the following information:
If the request is considered valid and there is no doubt concerning violation of client confidentiality, the data will be released on the understanding that it is used only for the purpose stated in the written request.