Galway Bay fm newsroom – 156 people in Galway received opioid-substitution treatment in the first six months of this year.
In the vast majority of cases, this is used to treat heroin-addiction.
In Ireland, the main treatment for opioid addiction involves methadone and the drug buprenorphine.
According to details released under the Freedom of Information Act, 7,645 people received opioid-substitution prescriptions from a community pharmacy in the first six months of this year.
This involved 5,200 men and 2,400 women.
Nearly 4,500 were prescribed by doctors in Dublin, while there were also high numbers in Cork, Limerick and Louth.
There was a 4 per cent increase in the number of people who received opioid-substitution prescriptions last year. For more on this story, tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour…
NUIG researchers make history with medical drone delivery
Galway Bay fm newsroom:
NUI Galway researchers have made history after completing the first delivery of diabetes medication using a drone.
It took the device just over 15 minutes to fly the medicine from Connemara Airport to Inis Mór.
Researchers say recent severe weather events, including storms Emma and Ophelia, demonstrated the need to develop a way to deliver medicines in all circumstances.
Professor Derek O’Keeffe, who led the project, says it’s crucial that people with diabetes have access to lifesaving medicine at all times.
12 Galway medical projects set to benefit from €2.6m in government funding
Galway Bay fm newsroom – 12 Galway medical projects are set to recieve a combined 2.6 million euro in Government funding.
Minister for Health Simon Harris has announced the 122 projects which are to be included in the Sláintecare Integration Fund across the country.
The biggest local award with a share of 700 thousand euro in funding is for elder care with Galway city, Tuam and Athenry to become the new pioneer sites for integrated care programmes.
Programmes designed to deliver integrated care for type 2 diabetes in Tuam, Athenry, Loughrea and parts of Cork have been allocated a combined 515 thousand euro.
Portiuncula University Hospital in Ballinasloe, Primary Care Galway will receive over 330 thousand euro for a heart failure integrated care project.
Minister formally opens UHG acute mental health unit
Galway Bay fm newsroom:
Minister Jim Daly has officially opened the adult acute mental health unit at UHG.
The purpose built 50 bed acute psychiatric inpatient unit is in operation since last June .
The multi-million euro capital development provides support for people experiencing severe mental disorders and necessitating inpatient care.
The facility represents an increase of 5 acute inpatient beds incorporating wards dedicated to adult, high observation and later life patients.