The Health Research Board has published a new factsheet on drug and alcohol use in young people. The factsheet brings together data from a number of studies including HBSC, ESPAD, GUI and the North South Drug Prevalence Survey. Across the island of Ireland cannabis use was more common among males than females in the 15 to 24 year old age group, with the proportion of users increasing from 11% to 16.2% between 2002/3 and 2014/15. Just over half of 13-17 year olds in the Republic of Ireland reported that they had every consumed an alcoholic drink at least once. Around one in five children aged 10-17 reported that they had ever been drunk.
There were around 800 cases under the age of 18, and a further 2,900 aged 18-24, entering drug and alcohol treatment in 2015. There were 86 deaths by drug and alcohol poisoning/deaths among drug users or those with alcohol dependency in the under 18 category in 2014. Read about IPH work on alcohol policy here and access our recent press statement on minimum unit pricing of alcohol.