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NCJ Number: 119681 Find in a Library
Title: Drug Abuse in the Republic of Ireland: An Overview
Journal: Bulletin on Narcotics  Volume:38  Issue:1 & 2, double issue  Dated:(January-June 1986)  Pages:91-97
Author(s): D Corrigan
Date Published: 1986
Page Count: 7
Document: PDF
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Austria
Annotation: Since 1979, there has been an increase in drug abuse among young people in Ireland.
Abstract: An assessment of the nature and extent of drug abuse has been based on an analysis of different indicators, including the incidence of people seeking treatment for drug dependency, hepatitis, drug seizures, prosecutions, hospital casualty department visits, and drug-related deaths. Surveys of schoolchildren and young people indicate a 600 percent increase in drug experimentation, while the number of heroin and other opiate addicts seeking treatment increased five to six times between 1979 and 1983. According to a recent study conducted in northern Dublin, 10 percent of people aged 15 to 24 were addicted to heroin, although another study found that only 2.2 percent of the youth in a southern Dublin suburb were heroin users. The author suggests the major risk factor underlying heroin abuse among young people is disrupted family life. 22 references. (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Drug research
Index Term(s): Drug abuse; Heroin; Ireland
Note: Double issue on the nature and extent of drug abuse problems and social responses
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