70% increase in heroin addicts in Sligo/Leitrim

The number of heroin addicts seeking treatment in Sligo Leitrim has risen by 70% since 2004.

The number of heroin addicts seeking treatment in Sligo Leitrim has risen by 70% since 2004.

Figures from the National Documentation Centre on Drug Use shows an increase from 10 people seeking treatment for their heroin addiction in 2004 to 17 seeking help in 2010 in the Sligo Leitrim region. These figures do not show people who are not receiving medical attention. In Roscommon the jump was much bigger from 6 in 2004 to a massive 54 in 2010, Cavan/Monaghan saw a rise of 261% to 47 seeking treatment in 2010 while Donegal gained nine new patients for methadone in six years and Longford / Westmeath more than doubled from 58 to 125.

Until now, national heroin treatment data has been broken down only on a regional level, depriving the public of an insight into county and hospital areas. In total 4,545 people were receiving methadone treatment for heroine addiction in Ireland in 2010.

Drugs Strategy Minister Roisin Shortall said she wants to move heroin addicts in treatment into recovery.