Four-fold increase in heroin use outside ERHA area

The Health Research Board has reported a four-fold increase in the number of people seeking treatment for drugs like heroin outside the area covered by the Eastern Regional Health Authority.

The Health Research Board has reported a four-fold increase in the number of people seeking treatment for drugs like heroin outside the area covered by the Eastern Regional Health Authority.

In a report published today, the board said the rate had increased from 2.0 per 100,000 of the 15 to 64-year-old population in 1998 to 8.3 in 2002.

It said the highest rates were in counties Carlow, Cavan, Louth, Meath and Westmeath, while the lowest rates were along the western seaboard.

The board said the increased rates were an indication of the spread of heroin use outside Dublin.

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