Drug use in Ireland
€600 million - the value of the Drugs Market in 20131
695 people Died from Drugs in 2015
19,000 - estimated number of Opiate users in Ireland
7.8% of the adult population (aged 15–64) have tried cocaine at least once
Key Irish Data
The HRB National Drugs Library provide key Irish research and data in relation to drug & alcohol use. The following information is available:
- Annual reports These reports are an overview of new developments and trends in the drugs area in Ireland.
- Drugs factsheets These factsheets contain information on treatment, prevalence, mortality and crime in Ireland for these drugs: Alcohol, Opiate, Cocaine, Sedatives , Tranquillisers, Cannabis and Young people, drugs and alcohol
- Policy documents Irish & EU Drug, alcohol and tobacco policy documents
- Prevalence figures Surveys of the general population to estimate the number of people in Ireland who use drugs and alcohol
- Treatment figures The National Drug Treatment Reporting System (NDTRS) collects anonymous data about people in drug and alcohol treatment.
- Drug Related Deaths The National Drug-Related Deaths Index (NDRDI) is a database of cases of death by drug and alcohol poisoning, and deaths among drug users and people who are alcohol dependent. In the twelve year period 2004–2015 a total of 7,422 poisoning deaths and deaths among drug users met the criteria for inclusion in the NDRDI database. The number of deaths increased by 61% during this period, from 431 in 2004 to 695 in 2015.