THERE HAS BEEN a 50% increase in the number of cocaine treatment cases between 2017 and 2018, a new study has found.
Latest drug treatment figures from the Health Research Board (HRB) found that while opiates remain the most common drug reported (42%), cocaine (22%) is now rivalling cannabis (23%) as the second most common drug that people receive treatment for.
A total of 2,254 cases included treatment for cocaine use in 2018, a 50% increase on 2017 figures, and more than treble the number of cases in 2012 (666 cases).
The HRB stressed that each case does not necessarily mean one person. The way the recording process works is that the same person could be counted more than once in the same calendar year if they had more than one treatment episode.
Source: Garreth MacNamee, The Journal, 7th November 2019