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Use of anti-depressants in Ireland continuing to rise

The number of people using illegal drugs across Ireland has risen since 2010/11

THE number of people using anti-depressants is continuing to rise, with around 1 in 12 of those questioned on both sides of the border having taken pills in the last year.

The figure of 8.2 per cent in a survey on drug use carried out by the departments of health, north and south, was up from 6.8% in 2010/11.

Cannabis continues to be the most used illegal drug, with around 30% of those quizzed across Ireland admitting having used an illegal substance in their lifetime.

The annual all-Ireland survey has been carried out for more than a decade and shows that recent and current use of illegal drugs has risen by 2 per cent since 2010/11.

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