Drug-Related Deaths Rise By A Third In A Decade

Drug-Related Deaths

Prescription drugs now account for three-quarters of deaths from overdoses.

New figures from the Health Research Board show there were 736 drug-related deaths in 2016 – an increase of more than a third in a decade.

Deaths involving heroin and cocaine have seen a fall – but there’s been a big rise in cases linked to antidepressants and other prescription medications.


Merchants Quay Ireland CEO Paula Byrne says addiction’s destroying more users physical and mental health.