The Heroin Epidemic in inner city Dublin started in 1979. Decades have passed but Ireland, like many places around the world, still has an unhealthy relationship with drugs.
As well as heroin, Ireland is documented to have high rates MDMD, cannabis and cocaine use.
Ireland is also documented to have one of the highest rates of alcohol consumption.
According to statistics from The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA), the rate of ‘first use’ to treatment phases for many drug dependencies is in the range of ten years.
Aran’s own story is not dissimilar. He started to develop an unhealthy relationship with drugs and alcohol in university but it wasn’t until later in life he sought help.