National Drugs Strategy Frank Feighan TD, National Drugs Strategy
The Minister for Public Health, Wellbeing and the National Drugs Strategy, Frank Feighan TD, has acknowledged the publication of the Health Research Board’s (HRB) latest research into treated problem drug use in the seven-year period 2013-2019. The National Drug Treatment Reporting System has shown an overall increase of 1,658 or 18% in the number of treated cases recorded between 2013 and 2019. These figures highlight the levels of increased demand for drug treatment services nationwide.
Between 2018 and 2019 there was an increase of 3.8% or 390 cases in the number of cases presenting for treatment.
Opioids continue to be the most commonly reported main problem drug at 39%, followed by cocaine and cannabis at 24% and 23.5% respectively.