More than half of the people have never been in drug treatment before, according to new figures.
The Health Research Board (HRB) report for 2018 also shows a seven-fold increase since 2012 in cases involving people in paid employment who are seeking help for cocaine.
Cocaine now rivals cannabis as the second most common treatment drug, with the gap narrowing dramatically in recent years.
“The 50% increase in cocaine dominates the figures,” said HRB chief executive Dr Darrin Morrissey.
“HRB figures show a consistent rise in treatment for cocaine since 2013 with the biggest increases in 2017 and 2018 and highlights a changing pattern of drug use during the recent economic recovery.”
Source: Cormac O'Keeffe, Irish Examiner, 7th November 2019