This statistic adds to evidence of the increased prevalence of the drug, following a report last week that suggested Ireland had the third-highest cocaine use in Europe.
The HSE says that there were 98 cases of people discharged with a diagnosis of poisoning by cocaine in 2018. This was up from 61 in 2016, and 66 in 2017. Among last year’s cases, 94 of them involved people aged 15-44. It was not specified how many were repeat patients.
The HSE said there was an increase in cocaine-related deaths “during Ireland’s boom years” and a decrease following the recession.
Source: Emily Sheahan, The Sunday Times, 9th June 2019