BZRAs work by dampening down communication between brain cells. This results in depressed brain activity, thereby facilitating sleep and reducing anxiety.

Benzodiazepines are a family of drugs used in the short-term treatment of problems with sleep and anxiety. When first approved for use, their potentia(...)

1) A “Virtual Dementia Tour” will be brought to five locations this month as part of Carers Week 2019. The free tour is aimed at providing visitors wi(...)

A total of 1,500 people sought help for cocaine addiction in 2017 – a 32 per cent rise from the 1,138 who sought help the previous year. Six years earlier, in 2011, the number was 770.

The number of people seeking treatment for cocaine addiction increased by over 30 per cent in a year and almost doubled since 2011, figures published (...)

There has been a steady increase in the percentage of people who are already alcohol dependent when they present. Photograph: Eric Luke

Women’s drinking habits are becoming more similar to men’s with more than two-thirds of women who presented to the State’s alcohol treatment services (...)

Failure to use synthesised evidence in healthcare decision-making can be harmful

Readers will be familiar with my use of terms such as systematic review and meta-analysis when describing medical research. They are very much the lin(...)

Figures from the National Drug Related Deaths Index, showing that more than two people died each day in the Republic in 2016 as a result of drug use, (...)

Cancer patients are being sent home without chemotheraphy due to  lack of beds. Photograph: Alan Betson

Cancer patients who present for chemotherapy are being sent home because of a lack of beds in hospitals, an Oireachtas committee has heard. Fianna F(...)

Prescription drugs were linked to seven out of 10 deaths, or 238, by overdose in 2016. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Prescription drugs such as benzodiazepines are implicated in the majority of deaths by overdose, according to data compiled by the Health Research Boa(...)

The research followed up 171 Irish people 20 years after they had presented to the Cluain Mhuire mental health service and St John of God Hospital in Dublin in the 1990s. Photograph: iStock

Almost two-thirds of people who suffered a psychotic episode were in remission 20 years later, according to a follow-up study by Irish scientists. Ju(...)

Solpadeine is one of the codeine-containing products affected by the restrictions. Photograph: iStock

Overdoses caused by strong over-the-counter painkillers dropped by a third following the introduction of restrictions on their sale a decade ago. In (...)

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