Alcohol is the number one problem drug in the midlands, according to the latest report from the Midland Regional Drug and Alcohol Task Force, with heroin the second most common drug for which people seek treatment.
At this week’s meeting of the Joint Policing Committee, the task force’s Ms Antoinette Kinsella revealed that in 2015, a total of 945 people presented for treatment across the counties of Laois, Offaly, Longford and Westmeath, 137 of which were in Laois.
390 presented for alcohol difficulties, followed by 301 for opiates, 146 for cannabis, 43 for cocaine, 30 for benzodiazepines, and just one for ecstasy. A further 21 presented for other stimulants and drugs.
Source: Ryan Dunne, The Leinster Express, 21/09/17