National Advisory Committee on Drugs and Alcohol

The NACDA was established in response to the drug problem to assist in our continued need to improve our knowledge and understanding of problem drug use.

The goal of the NACDA is to advise the Government on problem drug use in Ireland in relation to prevalence, prevention consequences and treatment based on our analysis and interpretation of research findings.

The ROSIE Study: Drug Treatment Outcomes in Ireland (PDF)


The ROSIE Study: Drug Treatment Outcomes in Ireland (PDF)
Authors: Prof Catherine Comiskey, Mr P Kelly, Mrs Y Leckey, Mrs L McCulloch, Mr B O’Duill, Dr R.D. Stapleton & Dr E. White
Published: June 2009
Pages: 116
File Size: 951KB
Format: PDF

Executive Summary

The Research Outcome Study in Ireland Evaluating Drug Treatment Effectiveness (ROSIE) was the first national, prospective, longitudinal drug treatment outcome study in Ireland. The primary objective of the study was to evaluate the effectiveness of treatment and other intervention strategies for opiate use in Ireland. The Study recruited 404 opiate users entering treatment. Participants were interviewed at treatment intake, 1-year and 3 years after the baseline interview. This report presents outcomes at 1-year and 3 years for the whole population and the ‘per protocol’ population i.e. participants who completed all three interviews.


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