Drug use in Ireland

Key Irish Data

786 people Died from Drugs in 2020 (last available figures)   Between 2004–2020 there have been 11,066 drug-related deaths:  5,714 (51%) were due to poisoning 5,352 (49%) were non-poisoning.

19,875 - estimated number of people using Opiates in Ireland
8.3% of the adult population (aged 15–64) have tried cocaine at least once

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 people who use drugs and people who are alcohol dependent. In the seventeen year period 2004–2020 a total of 11,066 poisoning deaths and deaths among people who use drugs met the criteria for inclusion in the NDRDI database. The number of deaths increased by 82% during this period, from 431 in 2004 to 786 in 2020.