Survey: Sedatives used by 14% of adults23/10/2012 - 11:36:03
Up to 14% of Irish adults aged between 15 and 64 have used either sedatives or tranquillisers at least once in their lifetime, according to a survey by the Department of Health.
The drug use survey also shows that 3% of adults admit to using them in the last month.
Anti-depressant user rates are slightly lower with just 10% using these drugs at least once.
Use of sedatives or tranquillisers is higher among those over 35 years of age.
The use of sedatives, or tranquillisers and anti-depressants, are highest among those who are unemployed and those who live in local authority or social housing, according to the study.
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