70 People In Clare Received Opioid Substitution Treatment This Year

70 people in Clare received opioid-substitution treatment in the first six months of this year.

According to details released under the Freedom of Information Act, they shared nearly 1,500 total prescriptions for prescribed methadone and other opioid-replacement drugs in pharmacies.

Across the country, over 7,600 people were given these prescriptions, with the majority of cases in Dublin, Cork and Limerick.

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In the vast majority of cases, these drugs are used to treat heroin-addiction, which Dublin GP Dr. Austin O’Carroll says is a huge problem in Ireland.