Drug-related deaths in Ireland
The latest figures from the National Drug-Related Deaths Index (NDRDI) show that a total of 679 deaths in Ireland during 2013 were linked to drug use. Alcohol was implicated in 1 in 3 of. Heroin related deaths increased for the first time since 2009. Polydrug use was implicated in two thirds of the deaths and methadone in a quarter. Two fifths of poisonings in 2013 involved benzodiazepines.
Over two fifths of those who died of drug poisoning also had a history of mental health problems. Shockingly deaths owing to hanging continue to be the main cause of non-poisoning deaths, accounting for a quarter of all non-poisoning deaths among drug users.
Aodhán O’Riordan, Outgoing Minister of State for Drugs expressed concern at the rising figures.
(Summary by PHE- March 2016)