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18 teens started treatment for substance misuse this year

The young girls and boys are aged between 16 and 19.

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THE HSE SAW 18 teenagers, between the age of 16 and 19, begin treatment for substance misuse in the first three months of this year.

A report in the Medical Independent confirms the young people were receiving care from the HSE’s addiction services.

Overall, the addiction services saw 4,450 adult substance misusers start treatment. Almost half were treated for alcohol addiction, according to figures released to journalist David Lynch under an FOI request.

Heroin was the next most common problem, followed by ‘other illicit drugs’ and then over-the-counter drugs.

The South region was the busiest, with Dublin Mid Leinster second and HSE West and Dublin North East following.

At the end of March this year, the total number of people in treatment was 9,698, the majority of whom are in their 30s.

See more in the Medical Independent

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