The number of drug users who have died each year by hanging has trebled since 2004, official figures show.
More than 90 people with a history of drug use took their lives in this way in 2016, according to data from the Health Research Board.
Cocaine, followed by cannabis, were the most common drugs used by those who died by this method — though this does not mean the drugs were directly implicated in the deaths.
The National Drug-Related Deaths Index shows that three out of four people who died from hanging had a known history of mental health problems.
There has also been a significant rise, particularly since 2014, in deaths as a result of liver disease.
Source: Cormac O'Keeffe, The Irish Examiner, 11/03/19