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This year
84 homeless people died during 2019, mostly in Dublin
93% of those who died had a history of drug and alcohol use, and 55% of deaths were primarily the result of poisoning caused by drugs.
Last year
More than three-fold increase in number of children being admitted for eating disorders
The number of psychiatric admissions related to eating disorders increased from 33 in 2018 to 116 in 2021.
Report finds one in three young drinkers in Ireland have an alcohol use disorder
The number of young people abstaining from alcohol has increased from 11% in 2002 to 26% in 2019.
All time
More people are using cocaine and ecstasy, but slightly fewer are using cannabis
Men are more than twice as likely as women to use drugs, according to a new survey.
People in Ireland drink, on average, the equivalent of 40 bottles of vodka a year
Every person in Ireland aged 15 and over drinks, on average, 10.8 litres of pure alcohol each year, according to new figures.
Adolescents who use e-cigarettes three-to-five times more likely to start smoking, new review says
The Health Research Board’s review will help inform Department of Health policy.
Almost 800 people died from drug use in 2017, new figures show
A third of overdoses involved alcohol while more than half involved prescription drugs.
Nearly 55,000 cases of problem alcohol use treated in Ireland over seven years
The figures show the number of cases treated between 2012 and 2018 across the country.
Cannabis and cocaine are most common drugs used by people seeking treatment for alcohol abuse
There has been a decrease in the number of alcohol dependency cases being treated in recent years, but an increase in their severity.
736 people died directly as a result of drugs in 2016
Of the total number, 549 were male and 187 were female.
There are at least 40,000 problem gamblers in Ireland
The proportion of problem gamblers in Ireland is far lower than in Northern Ireland, according to data from the Health Research Board.
World-first trial shows single injection could help patients recover after heart attacks
The breakthrough could lead to improved quality of life and life expectancy for patients.
Drug-related deaths: 62% increase in fatalities over ten-year period
Alcohol remains the single most common drug implicated in deaths between 2004 and 2014.
Girls make up vast majority of young people seeking psychiatric help for eating disorders
Some 87% of people under the age of 18 presenting with eating disorders are female.
The county with the most people seeking treatment for alcohol abuse? Waterford
A new study has found that an average of 8,000 people a year seek treatment for alcoholism in Ireland.
One person dies from a drug overdose every day in Ireland
New figures on drugs-related deaths in Ireland show that the number of people who have died from cocaine misuse has halved in four years.
Intervention to change unhealthy behaviour could save Irish lives
The research into behavioural intervention is one of six major projects given a total of €9 million today.
New research looks at flu vaccines and antibiotic misuse
The Health Research Board published its Picture of Health for 2012 today.
Road accident hotspots identified in new research
So far this year, 154 people have been killed on Irish roads.
Pics: 11 curious close-ups of scientific images
The Health Research Board wants to “showcase the magic of science” with amazing images. Job done.
Number entering drug treatment up 52 per cent in six years: report
A new study into problem drug use in Ireland has found that the number of cases reporting cannabis as their main problem substance has increased significantly.