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HSE and Health Research Board launch EU Web Survey exploring drug trends

The survey on drug trends in Ireland will be live from 18 March until the end of April and all adults who use drugs in Ireland are asked to take part.

Published: 18 March 2021

HSE in collaboration with the Health Research Board and the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) are asking adults in Ireland who use drugs to complete this survey to help shape the future of drug policies and interventions in Europe.

The survey is available to complete here

The voluntary, anonymous survey will run in over 30 countries and 29 languages for a 6 week period until the end of April 2021.

Web-based surveys have the benefit of reaching people who use drugs directly and provide new data rapidly to help identify emerging trends.

The survey will be promoted on the Twitter feed and Facebook page, by press release, paid social and media advertising and stakeholder engagement. Please share this information through channels and services relevant to people who use drugs in Ireland.

The survey is available to complete at this link

Targeted at people, aged 18 and over, who have used drugs in the last 12 months, the survey aims to improve understanding of patterns of drug use and the diverse user groups in Ireland. The survey is structured in modules on socio-demographics, drug-using patterns, access to treatment, access to drugs quantities purchased and prices paid and how COVID-19 has affected patterns of drug use.

Watch - Why a European Web Survey on Drugs?

Dr Eamon Keenan, National Clinical Lead, HSE Addiction Services said:

“We are generally well informed about people who attend addiction services but this is, of course, just part of the picture of drug use in Ireland as there are many groups who may never present to the current structures. What this survey will give us is a chance to learn about patterns, trends and emerging needs that will help to create interventions and harm reduction supports into the future.

The results of this survey will help us to form a picture of drug use in Ireland. Under the National Drugs Strategy, we are reviewing a range of ways to help us understand drug use such as drug checking services, waste water epidemiology, syringe analysis, hospital data and web surveys to improve harm reduction and risk communications.

Download a partner pack to promote the survey here

For information and support relating to your own or someone else’s drug use, go to , freephone the HSE Helpline on 1800 459 459 Monday – Friday 9:30 – 5:30 or email