Written answers

Tuesday, 12 February 2008

Department of An Taoiseach

National Statistics

9:00 pm

Photo of Aengus Ó SnodaighAengus Ó Snodaigh (Dublin South Central, Sinn Fein)
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Question 144: To ask the Taoiseach the number of drug related deaths each year for the past five years in Waterford. [5168/08]

Photo of Tom KittTom Kitt (Minister of State (Government Chief Whip), Department of An Taoiseach; Minister of State, Department of Defence; Dublin South, Fianna Fail)
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The number of drug related deaths of Waterford residents from 2002 to 2006 is as follows:

YearNumber of deaths
20020
20033
20044
20051
20061

Figures for 2007 are not yet available. Figures for 2005 and 2006 are provisional and subject to revision. These figures were derived using the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) definition of drug related deaths, which refers to those deaths that are caused directly by the consumption of drugs of abuse.

Photo of Aengus Ó SnodaighAengus Ó Snodaigh (Dublin South Central, Sinn Fein)
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Question 145: To ask the Taoiseach the number of suicides and fatal accidents where illegal drugs were found to be present in the system of the deceased for each year for the past five years. [5175/08]

Photo of Tom KittTom Kitt (Minister of State (Government Chief Whip), Department of An Taoiseach; Minister of State, Department of Defence; Dublin South, Fianna Fail)
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The information requested by the deputy is not available. Deaths are coded according to the Ninth Revision of the International Statistical Classification of Diseases, Injuries and Causes of Death, Volume 9 (ICD9). Only the underlying cause of death is recorded for cause of death statistics. Thus, the fact that drugs were found to be present in the system of the deceased will not be retained if this is not the cause of death. Secondly, some legal and illegal drugs have the same ICD9 code (e.g. methadone and heroin), so it is not possible to identify deaths from illegal drugs only.

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