Saturday 24 February 2018

Heroin link to 20pc of poisoning fatalities

Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

* In 2012 there were 3,971 people entering treatment who were mostly addicted to heroin.

* Heroin was implicated in 72 deaths in 2010 and 60 in 2011, more than one in five of all poisoning deaths.

* There were 13 new cases of HIV among injecting drug users in 2012, down from 71 in 2004.

* In 2011 the heroin substitute methadone was implicated in 113 deaths, compared with 60 in 2010.

* The percentage of adults who had ever used cannabis rose from 21.9pc in 2006 and 2007 to 25.3pc in 2010 and 2011.

* Cannabis, including cannabis herb, plants and resin, accounts for the largest number of drug seizures in Ireland. There were 2,912 seizures in 2012, one in two of all drug seizures.

Irish Independent

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