"The HRB report shows there were 10,000 treatment cases in 2020. This high level of treatment is a remarkable figure given the impact of COVID-19 on the health services. It is particularly impressive that new treatment cases, at 3,800, are only 180 down on the 2019 figures. I want to thank drug service providers – HSE, voluntary and community – for continuing to respond to the health needs of people who use drugs. The data demonstrate the commitment and adaptability of service providers during the disruptive challenges of COVID-19. The reasons for the reduction in total cases of less than 1,000 are fully understandable, given the restrictions on residential services and GP clinics."