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  • Drug Use in Ireland and Northern Ireland :2006/2007 Drug Prevalence Survey: Polydrug Use Results

    Posted on March 21st, 2010 TimB No comments

    This bulletin presents key findings on polydrug use (the use of more than one substance within a specific time
    period) in Ireland and Northern Ireland. It presents data collected in the All Ireland Drug Prevalence Survey
    2006/2007 relating to polydrug use on a last month (current use) basis. The focus is on the combinations of both
    legal and illegal drugs based on information obtained from the second drug prevalence survey of households. The
    bulletin also examines gender and age differences and the relationship between the use of a particular substance
    and the use of another substance.

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  • Statistics from the Northern Ireland Drug Addicts Index 2009

    Posted on March 21st, 2010 TimB No comments

    This statistical bulletin summarises information on all those persons registered on the Northern Ireland Drug Addicts Index at 31 December 2009 in concurrence with the Misuse of Drugs (Notification of and Supply to Addicts) (Northern Ireland) Regulations 1973. It also contains information on those added to, or removed from, the Addicts Index during 2009. It has been produced from the Addicts Index Database by the Public Health Information & Research Branch (PHIRB) on behalf of the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety.


  • Dozens addicted to heroin – cocaine second most used drug Northern Ireland

    Posted on October 16th, 2009 TimB No comments
    Thirty – five people were being treated for heroin addiction in the Western Trust last spring, according to figures from the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS).

    Cocaine – a category that includes crack cocaine – is also confirmed as the second most commonly reported drug in the Western Trust area.
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  • Crackdown on sale of codeine in Northern Ireland

    Posted on September 3rd, 2009 TimB No comments

    Tighter controls are to be placed on the painkiller codeine amid fears of patients becoming addicted.

    Leading Northern Ireland pharmacists urged the public not to be concerned about the crackdown on the widely-used adult pain-relief drug after it was issued by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

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  • Highest number of Needle exchange visits Northern Ireland Health and Social Services Board

    Posted on August 4th, 2009 TimB No comments

    THE highest number of visits to a province-wide syringe and needle exchange scheme in 2008/09 took place within the Northern Health and Social Services Board (NHSSB) area, according to the latest statistics. The figures released by the Department of Health show that of the total 13,389 visits 5,824 (43%) were to NHSSB pharmacies by both clients and outreach workers acting on their behalf.

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  • Heroin use soars in Northern Ireland with rise of gangs

    Posted on June 23rd, 2009 TimB No comments

    The market for the killer drug heroin is growing in Northern Ireland as mafia-style gangs expand their criminal enterprises, it was warned today.

    A report by the Organised Crime Task Force said that while levels of heroin and cocaine remain “significantly lower” than those seen in other parts of the UK, the expansion in the heroin market, along with the increasing growth in the cocaine market, are of concern to the authorities.

    More than £30m of illegal drugs and other assets were seized from organised criminals in the province last year, according to the annual report and threat assessment.

    A total of £23m of illegal drugs were recovered and more than £2m of counterfeit goods and nearly one million litres of illegal fuel seized.

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