Opioid addiction is growing in Ireland as the drug is increasingly available and affordable, according to a study released on Monday.
The new Irish report found that heroin use is increasing across the country as people increasingly seek out the drug as a quick fix, rather than a long-term solution.
More than half of heroin users in Ireland report having tried the drug in the past week, the study said.
It said a third of heroin addicts had sought help after they used the drug.
The findings will increase pressure on the Government to address the problem.
A senior Minister for Health said heroin addiction in Ireland is not just about drugs.
He said: “Heroin is now a serious issue in our country and we need to address it.”
There is a real problem with the availability of heroin and we will continue to work with the European Commission to get more people into treatment and we want to make sure that the best way to do that is to address that.””
It is a national problem and we have got to do everything we can to address this.”‘
Heroin addiction is a huge issue’The report comes as more than a million people are addicted to opioids, the drug that causes a death from overdose.
More and more Irish citizens are turning to heroin as they try to escape the spiralling price of their prescription drugs.
But the Irish Government says heroin is not the only problem.