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More than 650 people struggling with addiction are on the rehab waiting list as Covid-19 continues to impact services

Those struggling with replenishment are being left to wait months in rehab beds with Covid-19 measures putting severe pressure on services, it has been announced.

New figures show 658 people were on waiting lists for addiction services last December.

Covid-19 measures are having an impact on drug addiction services

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Covid-19 measures are having an impact on drug addiction servicesCredit: Alamy
Sinn Fein's Thomas Gould believes people with addictions are being left behind by the pandemic

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Sinn Fein’s Thomas Gould believes people with addictions are being left behind by the pandemicCredit: PA: Press Association

Cuan Dara Treatment Center at Cherry Orchard Hospital in Dublin There are 137 people awaiting on-site medical rehab, according to figures from the HSE.

About 127 people are on the waiting list for the Peter McVerry Trust addiction services, 97 are on the rehab waiting list at Merchant’s Quay Ireland residential in Co Carlow and 55 are waiting for rehab with the Simon Community.

In response to a question from Congressman Thomas Gould of Sinn Fein, HSE said service users can access community-based services while on a waiting list.

However, HSE has admitted that Covid-19 measures are impacting capacity at alcohol and drug addiction services.

Some rehab services are using their rehab units as two-week isolation wards for new entrants due to Covid.

Sinn Fein TD Thomas Gould told the Irish Sun that addiction providers have told him that people struggling with addiction are being left behind in the wake of the pandemic.

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He said: “If you have to wait for months, no one who is in active rehabilitation can wait like that.

“When addicts get to a point where they want to go into recovery, there has to be support people there.

“The fact that they wait months, even up to six months for locations, is just a crazy situation. What will happen is they will go back to the addiction again.

“There will probably be an analysis when we come out of Covid on how many addicts have died as a result of not having access to these beds or racks.

“For me, what these numbers show is how the Government is failing those people. These are really vulnerable people.”

‘DRUG AND ALCOHOL SURVEY’

He added: “A family contacted me asking me to represent their son on their behalf. But what happens to the others who don’t go to their local TD or councilor.

“Some of the people I spoke to had families fighting for them or defending them on their behalf, but what about those without families.

“The number of people who have been left behind because of Covid. We are talking about 658 people who want to recover, who want to change their lives. “

A survey of drug and alcohol services conducted by the Government last year found that 52% of providers felt Covid-19 had a major impact on their ability to help customers.

The Covid-19 Impact Study on Drug and Alcohol Services also found that 92% of providers have observed customers drinking more and 84% of customers increased their drug intake. .

About 87% of service providers claim that their clients are relapsed.

About 12% of recreational drug users told the survey team that the intention to seek professional help increased during the pandemic.

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