Grow­ing num­bers ad­mit

Irish Independent - Health & Living - - UPDATE -

THE num­ber of peo­ple aged 15-64 in Ire­land re­port­ing that they used il­licit drugs in their life­time, has risen from two in ten in 2002/03 to three in ten in 2014/15.

Cannabis re­mains the most com­monly used il­licit drug, fol­lowed by co­caine. The Euro­pean Mon­i­tor­ing Cen­tre for Drugs and Drug Ad­dic­tion said cannabis re­mains the most widely used il­licit drug in Europe.

It is es­ti­mated that around 14pc of young Euro­peans aged 15–34 years used cannabis for over a year.

In Ire­land the 2014/15 gen­eral pop­u­la­tion survey re­ported that 14pc of young adults aged 15-34 years used cannabis in the year prior to the survey, sim­i­lar to Europe.

This is the same preva­lence as the Euro­pean av­er­age for this age group and be­low that of Spain (17pc), France (21pc) and the Nether­lands (16pc), but slightly above that of the UK (12pc).

Cannabis is re­spon­si­ble for 41pc of new cases pre­sent­ing for treat­ment, with num­bers ris­ing from 1,338 in 2010 to 1,452 in 2016.

Be­tween 2007 and 2015, the num­ber of il­licit drug seizures in Ire­land has de­creased. Cannabis seizures have also de­creased over this time, but they re­main the most com­monly seized type of drug in Ire­land. Some 18.9pc of 15/16-year-old stu­dents had used cannabis dur­ing their life­time, higher than the EU av­er­age.

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