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  • Drug-related deaths and deaths among drug users in Ireland

    Posted on December 17th, 2014 TimB No comments

    In the nine-year period 2004–2012 a total of 5,289 deaths by drug poisoning and deaths among drug users met the criteria for inclusion in the NDRDI database.

    • Of these deaths, 3,112 were due to poisoning and 2,177 were deaths among drug users (non-poisoning) (Table 1).
    • There were 633 deaths in 2012, compared to 645 in 2011. Despite this decrease the overall trend for the reporting period is upwards (Table 1). The 2012 figure is likely to be revised upwards when new data become available.
    • Deaths due to polydrug use have increased by 60% over the reporting period from 118 in 2004 to 189 in 2012 (Figure 3).



  • Trebling of deaths linked to drug use

    Posted on November 19th, 2009 TimB No comments

    MORE than 230 drug users have hanged themselves or drowned over an eight-year period, according to research.

    The study shows the total number of deaths linked to drug use has trebled – from 63 in 1998 to 167 in 2005.

    Health experts said this reflects greater drug use among people and an increase in risky behaviour.

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