736 people died directly as a result of drugs in 2016

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A TOTAL OF 736 people died as a result of drugs in 2016, a rate of two people a day, new figures from the Health Research Board show.

The number is an increase of one person from 2015, and relates to people who have died in Ireland as a result of poisoning, trauma or medical causes linked to drug use.

Of the total number, 549 were male and 187 were female.

The total number of deaths from drug poisoning decreased slightly in 2016 to 354 (from 365 the previous year).

Of the deaths from poisoning, alcohol was in implicated in 132 (37%) while it was solely responsible for 56 (16%).

Opiates were the main drug groups implicated in poisonings. Heroin was implicated

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