Problematic opioid use in Ireland, 2015–2019

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Health Research Board

In this report, the Health Research Board presents the results of a study that aimed to estimate the prevalence of problematic opioid use in Ireland from 2015 to 2019 using a four-source capture-recapture method. 

Key Findings:

In total, there were an estimated 19,875 problematic opioid users in Ireland in 2019

The majority of problematic opioid users were male (72.3%) 

There were 11,729 problematic opioid users in Co Dublin in 2019

More than two-thirds (72.93) of problematic opioid users were in the older 35–64-year-old age group.

The prevalence of problematic opioid use among younger age groups (15–24-year-olds
and 25–34-year-olds) appears to be in decline

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