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 Experiences of Families Seeking Support in Coping with Heroin Use


The Experiences of Families Seeking Support in Coping with Heroin Use
Authors: Dr Carmel Duggan, WRC Social and Economic Consulting Limited
Published: April 2007
Pages: 110
File Size:  0.9 MB
Format: PDF

Executive Summary

The Family Study which was carried out by Dr Carmel Duggan using a qualitative methodology and interviewed 30 families augmented by interviews with a second family member in seven cases.  Twenty of the 37 interviewees were female.  The families were accessed through family support groups in all areas as well as statutory services in one area. The fieldwork was carried out between August and November 2005.  Many of the families have been coping with heroin use in the family for several years, whilst others had more recent experience of it.
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