Prevalence of Illegal Drug Use in Ireland

Basic Data

Prevalence

"Compared with the previous survey in 2006/7, the proportion of adults (aged 15–64 years) who reported using an illegal drug in their lifetime increased by just over three percentage points, from 24.0% in 2006/7 to 27.2% in 2010/11 (Table 2.2.1). The proportion of young adults (aged 15–34 years) who reported using an illegal drug in their lifetime also increased, by just over four percentage points, from 31.4% in 2006/7 to 35.7% in 2010/11. As expected, more men (35.5%) reported using an illegal drug in their lifetime than women (19.0%).
"The proportion of adults who reported using an illegal drug in the last year remained reasonably stable at 7.2% in 2006/7 and 7% in 2010/11 (Table 2.2.1). The proportion of young adults who reported using an illegal drug in the last year also remained stable, at 12.2% in 2006/7 and 12.3% in 2010/11. The proportion of young adults who reported using an illegal drug in the last month was 5.3%."

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Irish Focal Point (2012) "2012 National Report (2011 data) to the EMCDDA by the Reitox National Focal Point: Ireland: new developments, trends and in-depth information on selected issues." Dublin, Ireland: Health Research Board, p. 45.
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