Higher levels of drug use in Kerry and Cork.

All most 2% of people in counties Kerry and Cork have used heroin at some point in their lives. This is almost four times the national average. In the country as a whole, half a percentage of the population has tried heroin. These figures are revealed in a survey by the National Advisory Committee on drugs, in conjunction with the North’s Drug and Alcohol Information Unit.The NACD study finds evidence of heroin use in half of the 10 Health Board areas on the island. Heroin use in counties Kerry and Cork, across all the age-groups surveyed is well above the national average. 2.6% of people aged 15 to 34 years, living in the South Western Area, have used heroin at some point; while the average among this group nationally is less than 1%. Heroin use among Kerry and Cork people aged between 35 and 64 years is at 0.8%.Nationally, the use of heroin drops to 0.3% in this group. Cocaine use in Kerry and Cork is also well above the national average. Nationally, just over 3% of the population has used cocaine at some point. In the South West region, this figure is at 5%. Otherwise, findings for Kerry and Cork reflect the national picture – with cannabis continuing to be the most commonly used illegal drug. Nationally and locally, the second most popular group of drugs, used recreationally, is sedatives, tranquilisers and anti-depressants.

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