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# Methadone

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# Addiction
Dublin's approach to supporting drug users during pandemic saved lives, report finds
Sixty-three homeless people were diagnosed with Covid-19 and there was one death, a fraction of what had been predicted.
# Drugs
'Addiction doesn't stop during a pandemic, it gets worse': Methadone waiting lists virtually eliminated amid overdose fears
Drug users are at an increased risk of contracting Covid-19 – many suffer from underlying health conditions and don’t have a safe place to self-isolate if needed.
# irish research
Keeping opioid dependents in methadone treatment for longer saves lives, study finds
Drug-related deaths were found to be significantly higher at the start of treatment and in the first month after it finished.
# Addiction Services
'We're replacing one addiction with another': Number of people accessing methadone up 600% in some counties
For the last 20 years, methadone has been the mainstay of harm reduction services in Ireland.
# bad penmanship
Minister says she did not approve wording of letter telling residents methadone clinic would not open
The newsletter style document was issued to residents with update on the proposals for a methadone clinic at Ballinteer Health Centre.
# Methadone
'You feel you can't get a job': Methadone users face stigma and isolation, new report finds
The research examines the experiences of 25 people who have been on methadone treatment.
Lynn Ruane: 20 years on from the introduction of the methadone strategy, where are we now?
How effective has the strategy been and what is the legacy we are left with when so many people are on the drug for so long?
# crisis point
No public health policy has 'been designed with the homeless population specifically in mind'
A new study has shown increases in the number of homeless people dying from drug and/or alcohol abuse and on methadone.
# Addiction
Social work action 'unacceptably slow' in case of heroin user whose newborn died
The baby boy’s death was not reported to be connected to his mother’s drug use, but a report has criticised the seven-week delay in making contact with the woman.
# Drug Addiction
92 hospital discharges of newborns with drug withdrawal symptoms last year
Babies with drug withdrawal symptoms undergo six to eight week of rehabilitation.
# Galway
'I overdosed twice in two days to get methadone': A drug user on trying to get clean
The practice is said to be becoming more common among addicts.
# Born Addicted
This man was born addicted to drugs but is now a successful businessman and father
‘”My son has all the opportunities I never had and I’m really happy for that.”
# Drugs
Almost 10,000 people are in methadone programmes in Ireland - and the number is rising
The drug is used to treat heroin addiction.
# Inner city
'Worse now than the heroin epidemic of the 80s' - Christy Burke on drugs in Dublin
The Lord Mayor said the capital’s problems haven’t changed that much in the 30 years he has been a councillor.
# Prime Numbers
Twink, Superquinn sausages, Irish Water, and punts: Ireland by numbers in 2014
How many pigs are in Ireland? How many people are paid minimum wage? So many questions…
# lethal cocktails
Methadone. Heroin. Alcohol ... Surge in mixed-drug deaths since 2004
There’s been an increase in the number of drug-related deaths recorded. Alcohol was a factor in three out of four of all poisonings.
# Drug use
Dublin Lord Mayor calls for task force to tackle inner city addiction problems
Christy Burke said that “certain senior politicians don’t see any votes in addiction, so they don’t see it as a priority”.
# Allegations
New claims against gardaí: teenager with special needs 'whipped' with a belt
Dr Richard O’Flaherty also told an Oireachtas committee of a 45-year-old diabetic woman allegedly being prevented from going to the toilet and not given any medication for hours.
# drug users
Ireland has 9,615 methadone users but care plans needed to get them drug-free
The HSE said that 500 people were on methadone for more than 10 years.
# overdosing
How more people died on methadone than heroin in Ireland
It’s not what you might have expected but the number of methadone users who died doubled in just one year.
# keltoi house
Just eight out of 20 beds in operation at successful HSE rehab unit
Brendan Kiernan manager of Keltoi House said “the completion rate makes it very cost-effective”.
# Recession
Denis O'Brien: doing business with Apple is "like going on methadone"
The tycoon also said Irish people had behaved like adults during the recession.