The number of people using heroin in the Cork and Kerry region has grown to 500.
The figure represents a five fold increase in just over a decade, up from just 100 in 2008.
However, that figure has stabilised in recent years and the HSE South Drug and Alcohol services are working on a number of projects to help addicts kick the habit and to ensure a safer and cleaner environment for user who are unable to give up their addiction just yet.
Among the projects is a new stablisation unit for the region.
Spokesperson, David Lane says this would enable them to be able to take people who may be in 'chaotic circumstances' and prepare them for residential detox.
Source: Cork's 96 FM