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Latest HRB drug-related death data has impact

18 December 2015

HRB drug data has helped to inform the decision by Cabinet to support the introduction of medically supervised injection facilities.

Ms Ena Lynn HRB, Dr Suzi Lyons, HRB and Minister of State with responsibility for drugs, Aodhain O'Riordan

According to Minister of State with responsibility for Drugs Strategy, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, TD

'Research just published by the Health Research Board demonstrates quite clearly that 387 people died in 2013 due to drug poisoning, and 1 in 5 of these deaths was caused by Heroin use. The establishment of supervised injecting facilities will allow for earlier medical intervention in the case of overdoses and can also act as a gateway to treatment for drug users'.

Graham Love, Chief Executive at the HRB commented,

'This is a major policy development and was strongly underpinned by HRB data. It illustrates the role that high-quality, reliable, and comprehensive data can play in having an impact on people's health'.

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