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Published: 19 December 2023
This year’s Health Research in Action highlights some of the many notable impacts and outcomes of the Health Research Board’s work. It includes a snapshot in numbers of our activity during 2022, followed by 29 success stories from our wide-ranging health and social care research portfolio.
Published: 05 September 2023
Suicide is a significant contributor to global mortality. People who use drugs (PWUD) are at increased risk of death by suicide relative to the general population, but there is a lack of information on associated candidate factors for suicide in this group. The aim of this study was to provide a comprehensive overview of...
Published: 15 July 2023
Characteristics of affected family members seeking treatment in their own right: a secondary analysis of existing Irish health data for 2010–2020
Affected family members (AFMs) are impacted by a significant other’s drug, alcohol, or behavioural addictions, and deserve support in their own right. The aim of this study was to describe AFMs seeking treatment and the support received.
Published: 20 June 2023
This is the annually updated bulletin from the National Drug Treatment Reporting System (NDTRS) on cases of treated problem drug use (excluding alcohol) in Ireland. It covers the period 2016 to 2022. In this seven-year period, 12,009 cases were treated for drug use as a main problem.
Published: 08 April 2023
Trends in public attitudes to permitting cannabis for recreational use: analysis of Irish survey data since 2002
There has been considerable debate around the liberalization of cannabis laws in many countries. Given recent changes in cannabis policy, and the current discussion regarding cannabis legalization in Ireland, the aim of this study was to examine changes in attitudes over time towards permitting recreational cannabis...
Published: 02 March 2023
Prescription drugs with potential for misuse: protocol for a multi-indicator analysis of supply, detection and the associated health burden in Ireland between 2010 and 2020
There is an increasing concern about the misuse of prescription drugs. Misuse refers to the intentional repurposing of prescribed drugs and/or the use of illicitly sourced prescription drugs, which may be counterfeit or contaminated. Drugs with the greatest potential for misuse are prescription opioids, gabapentinoids,...
Published: 19 December 2022
This year’s Health Research in Action highlights some of the many notable impacts and outcomes of the Health Research Board’s work during 2021 across health and social care in Ireland, all of which made a real difference to people’s health, the health system, society, and the economy.
Published: 12 October 2022
In this report, we present the results of a study that aimed to estimate the prevalence of problematic opioid use in Ireland from 2015 to 2019 using a four-source capture-recapture method. Three of the four data sources used for the analysis were derived from opioid substitution treatment records from the Central Treatment...
Published: 14 June 2022
This is the annually updated bulletin from the National Drug Treatment Reporting System (NDTRS) on cases of treated problem drug use (excluding alcohol) in Ireland. It covers the period 2015 to 2021. In this seven-year period, 69,450 cases were treated for drug use as a main problem.
Published: 08 June 2022
Alcohol and other drug use among children and young people in Ireland: prevalence, risk and protective factors, consequences, responses, and policies
In most developed countries, substance use is a major public health issue, particularly among young people. Alcohol and other drug use is one of the leading risk factors for disease and injury and is also responsible for a considerable number of premature deaths. The National Drug Strategy in Ireland aims to prevent early...
Published: 17 March 2022
Suicide by drug poisoning is potentially preventable; however, evidence on associated risk factors by sex is limited. We aim to assist in understanding how individual and social contextual factors, and specific drugs, influence risk of suicide compared to non-suicide drug poisoning deaths, and how this differs by...
Published: 01 March 2022
Comparing cannabis use disorder in the general population with cannabis treatment seekers using multi-source national datasets: who receives treatment?
Given the increased prevalence of cannabis use in Ireland and increase in cannabis potency, this study aimed to estimate the size of the potential population in Ireland that may be in need of cannabis treatment and the percentage of people with cannabis use disorder (CUD) who actually access treatment.
Published: 09 February 2022
This report presents the findings from the 2019–20 National Drug and Alcohol Survey (NDAS) on the prevalence of gambling and problem gambling in the general population in Ireland. While the main objective of the 2019–20 NDAS was to determine the prevalence and patterns of drug use (including alcohol and...
Published: 14 December 2021
This year’s Health Research in Action highlights some of the many notable impacts and outcomes of the Health Research Board’s work during 2020 across health and social care in Ireland, all of which made a real difference to people’s health, the health system, society, and economy.
Published: 01 November 2021
Efficacy and safety of electronic cigarettes as a smoking cessation intervention: A systematic review and network meta-analysis
This systematic review of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) evaluated the efficacy and safety of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes, ENDS) in helping people who smoke to achieve abstinence compared with electronic non-nicotine delivery systems (ENNDS, no nicotine) or any smoking cessation comparator treatment or...
Published: 03 September 2021
Trends in drug poisoning deaths, by sex, in Ireland: a repeated cross-sectional study from 2004 to 2017
This study examines sex differences in age-standardised rates (ASR) of overall and drug-specific drug poisoning deaths in Ireland between 2004 and 2017.
Published: 20 July 2021
This is the annually updated bulletin from the National Drug Treatment Reporting System (NDTRS) on cases of treated problem drug use (excluding alcohol) in Ireland. It covers the period 2014 to 2020. In this seven-year period, 68,571 cases were treated for drug use as a main problem.
Published: 01 July 2021
The National Drug and Alcohol Survey (NDAS) collects information on alcohol and tobacco consumption, and drug use among the general population in Ireland. The extent and pattern of drug use in the general population is one of the five key indicators developed by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction...
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