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Regional differences in illegal drug use narrows

Report shows men more likely to consume illegal drugs as well as alcohol and tobacco than women.
Jun 19th 2012, 4:45 PM 3,900 22

REGIONAL DIFFERENCES IN the use of illegal drugs is narrowing in Ireland, according to a report by the National Advisory Committee on Drugs (NACD).

The NACD report shows the highest prevalence last year in illegal drugs was in the Kildare, West Wicklow, North Dublin and South West Dublin areas while the lowest was in Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim and the north west of Cavan.

The difference between regions has become smaller compared with results from the 2006/2007 survey.

Cannabis continues to be the most commonly used illegal drug in all regions in Ireland, followed by psychoactive substances and cocaine.

The report found regional differences in the use of prescription or over the counter medicines. Recent use of other opiates is highest in the western and southern areas and lowest in the north western regional drug task force area.

Use of sedatives, tranquillisers and antidepressants is highest in the north east and lowest in north western areas, according to the report.

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Consumption of alcohol and tobacco remains higher among younger adults in many regions in Ireland.

The report also showed men are more likely to consume illegal drugs, alcohol and tobacco in all regions, while women are more likely to use prescription or over the counter medicines.

Minister of State with responsibility for Drugs Strategy Róisin Shortall said that she welcomed the news of stabilisation in many regions but added that there “is no room for complacency and we must continue to rigorously tackle problem drug use across Ireland”.

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