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Geoffrey Dean

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780853237570

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846314292

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Alcohol, Heroin and AIDS

Alcohol, Heroin and AIDS

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(p.188) Chapter 20 Alcohol, Heroin and AIDS
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The Turnstone
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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780853237570.003.0020

This chapter details the Medico-Social Research Board's studies on substance abuse by young people in Ireland. In 1982/83, the board found that 10 per cent of those aged 15–24 in the area of north-central Dublin who had taken drugs were injecting heroin once or twice a day. In 1990 and 1991, the author undertook a study to determine how many of the original patients from north-central, south-central Dublin and Dun Laoghaire were HIV positive. Of those tested, 86 per cent were infected by the AIDS virus and many had died. The realisation that Ireland, like the rest of the world, was threatened with a pandemic of infection by the AIDS virus resulted in the Department of Health instigating publicity campaigns about the danger of spreading infection by sexual contact.

Keywords:   young people, smoking, drug abuse, Medico-Social Research Board, Dublin, HIV infection

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