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  • Detoxifying methadone patient numbers dropping

    Posted on September 7th, 2009 TimB No comments

    The number of people on methadone treatment progressing into detoxification programmes has fallen sharply over the previous two years, new figures show.  From a peak over the previous five years of 799 in 2006, the number progressing into detoxification programmes in a year has dropped to 539 in 2008, having earlier dropped to 613 in 2007. Of the 539 entering detoxification last year, 375 were men compared to 164 women, according to the HSE. In total, 3,488 people on methadone treatment have progressed to detoxification programmes in the last five years, the majority of them (2,375) being male.

    There are currently a total of 36 beds for medical and community detoxification, all of which are situated in the greater Dublin area. Furthermore, Cuan Dara in Cherry Orchard Hospital, Dublin – one of the four institutions providing detox beds – whose waiting times range from two weeks up to four months, only accepts clients from the Dublin, Kildare and Wicklow areas.

    (Irish Medical News)

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