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National Advisory Committee on Drugs and Alcohol

The NACDA was established in response to the drug problem to assist in our continued need to improve our knowledge and understanding of problem drug use.

The goal of the NACDA is to advise the Government on problem drug use in Ireland in relation to prevalence, prevention consequences and treatment based on our analysis and interpretation of research findings.

Research into methods and data sources for the estimation of prevalence of problematic opiate and cocaine use in Ireland

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Research into methods and data sources for the estimation of prevalence of problematic opiate and cocaine use in Ireland

Research into methods and data sources for the estimation of prevalence of problematic opiate and cocaine use in Ireland Authors: Maria Gannon, Gordon Hay, Jennifer McKell
School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Glasgow
Published: 5th Dec 2011
Pages: 80
File Size: 1.5mb
Format: PDF
   

Executive Summary

 

The National Advisory Committee on Drugs (NACD) commissioned the Centre for Drug Misuse Research at the University of Glasgow to examine the methods and data sources available to estimate the prevalence of problem opiate and cocaine use. This report has three main parts; the first discusses the various existing methodologies for estimating the prevalence of problem drug use and evaluates their usefulness and the feasibility of their application in an Irish context. The second part outlines the data sources available in Ireland and details which data sources lend themselves to which methodologies. A third section provides more detail on the application of the recommended methods.

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