A new study on substance abuse among young people in Ireland has identified an increasing prevalence in the use of cocaine in 15 to 24-year-olds.
The report, compiled by the Health Research Board (HRB), showed 27% of young people reported using illegal drugs in their lifetime, 19% in the last year and 11% in the last month.
The HRB said cannabis remains the most commonly used drug in Ireland, but the use of other stimulants has increased, with ecstasy and cocaine use here the second highest in Europe.
Between 2015 and 2018, drug-related hospital admissions rose by 26%, while from 2011 to 2019, there was a 171% rise in the number of cases of young people receiving treatment for cocaine use.
Cannabis was the substance for which treatment was most commonly received, with 1,229 such cases in 2020.
Source: Fergal O'Brien, RTE.ie, 06/06/22