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‘High’ heroin use by young in regional cities

The age profile in regions outside Dublin is also much younger, with one in six users in the South and South East aged 15-24, compared to less than 4% in Dublin.

Research shows that the national estimate of opiate users rose by 9% between 2011 and 2014, from almost 17,400 to nearly 19,000 people.

A study commissioned by the State’s drug research body found that Ballymun in north Dublin had by far the highest rate of problematic opiate users — six times the national average — and the North-West the lowest.

The research, conducted for the National Advisory Committee on Drugs and Alcohol, reports a 40% increase (to more than 11,200) in users aged 35-64.

The report estimates there were 18,988 opiate (mainly heroin) users in 2014 (in a range of 18,720–21,454), based on four different datasets.

The number of users corresponded to 6.18 per thousand of the population aged between 15 and 64.

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Source: Cormac O'Keeffe, The Irish Examiner, 30/12/17 

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