Published: 01 January 2002
Trends in treated drug misuse in the Mid Western Health Board area, 1996-2000
This occasional paper contains information gathered by the National Drug Treatment Reporting System (NDTRS), an epidemiological database on treated drug misuse compiled by the Drug Misuse Research Division (DMRD) of the Health Research Board (HRB). The data shows that the number of drug users presenting for treatment within the Mid Western Health Board (MWHB) rose from 83 in 1996 to 210 in 1997 and rose further still to 327 in 2000. The socio-demographic data showed that the typical client is male, in his late teens or early twenties and living in the family home. Cannabis (27% in 2000) was the main problem drug, followed by opiates (27% in the same year). Of the 82 clients who used opiates, 50 of those injected in the year 2000, with 4 of those describing their practice as 'currently sharing', with 10 who had shared injecting equipment at some stage in their life.