Treatment vital for regional heroin deaths

A lack of drug-treatment centres in regional towns and rural communities is leading to an increasing number of deaths from heroin overdoses, according to a leading drugs consultant.

20th January, 2007

A lack of drug-treatment centres in regional towns and rural communities is leading to an increasing number of deaths from heroin overdoses, according to a leading drugs consultant.

‘‘The time to act is now, or the problem will spiral,” said Dr Br ion Sweeney. ‘‘The Health Research Board found there are more drug and heroin-related deaths in rural areas than in urban areas per head of population.

‘‘What one could...

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