Published: 15 December 2010
Problem benzodiazepine use in Ireland: treatment (2003 to 2008) and deaths (1998 to 2007)
The data presented in this paper describe trends in problem benzodiazepine use in Ireland. The paper describes treated problem benzodiazepine use as recorded by the National Drug Treatment Reporting System (NDTRS) for the years 2003-2008, and poisoning deaths where a benzodiazepine was implicated as recorded by the National Drug-Related Deaths Index (NDRDI) for the years 1998-2007. This is the first time that data from the NDTRS and the NDRDI have been presented together in a Trends Series paper. The presentation of these data together provides a more complete picture of problem benzodiazepine use and its consequences.