Published: 01 January 2002
Trends in treated drug misuse in the 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 complied 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 North Western Health Board (NWHB) rose from 13 in 1996 to 77 in 2000. The socio-demographic data showed that the typical client is male, in his early twenties and living in the family home. Cannabis is the main drug causing problems (51% in 2000), with ecstasy the drug causing second most problems (32% in the same year).