Sunday 24 June 2018

More women hospitalised in drug-related emergencies

A third of these overdoses are related to non-opioids, mainly paracetamol. Photo: Getty Images/Universal Images Group
A third of these overdoses are related to non-opioids, mainly paracetamol. Photo: Getty Images/Universal Images Group
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More than half the people admitted to hospital in drug-related emergencies are female, new data has revealed.

The European drug report 2018 has reported that of the almost 4,000 overdose cases at Irish hospitals, one-third can be attributed to people under the age of 25.

A third of these overdoses are related to non-opioids, mainly paracetamol.

Comparing figures from 2006 and 2015, there has been an increase of almost 20pc in the number of people suffering drug-induced deaths.

Cocaine has been identified as the main problem drug across Europe, with the number of people entering treatment services for the first time on the increase.

This is particularly the case in Ireland.

The number of new cases for drug treatment on cocaine was 568 people in 2016. It was only 297 in 2013.

In 2016, 11.3pc of cocaine cases reported crack cocaine as the main problem drug.

Irish Independent

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