The research, the first study of its type in Ireland, also called for investment in early intervention for children living with substance misuse and support for those children who have been bereaved.
The report, carried out by psychologist Sharon Lambert of UCC for the National Family Support Network (NFSN), said drug-related deaths should be considered “special deaths”, which are particularly traumatic to families and are akin to the impact of suicide.
The study said that where a death by suicide occurs, there are systems in place to respond at individual and community levels, but there are no such systems for drug-related deaths.
"Life after bereavement revealed harrowing accounts of grief and trauma, and a clear sense of a neglected and overlooked pain,” said Dr Lambert’s report.
Source: Cormac O'Keeffe, The Irish Examiner, 11/09/18