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HSE reports rise in cocaine poisoning cases

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.

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Source: Emily Sheahan, The Sunday Times, 9th June 2019

Posted by drugs.ie on 06/10 at 08:08 AM in
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