A study on drug use at third level due to be published tomorrow will highlight a “substantial increase” in cocaine use, an Oireachtas committee has heard.
The survey was completed by 11,500 students from universities and colleges across the country.
The study was carried out by Dr Michael Byrne, who leads the My Understanding of Substance-use Experiences (MiUSE) project team in University College Cork.
The National Drug Use in Higher Education in Ireland survey was commissioned at the close of 2019 by then education minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor.
Addressing the Oireachtas health committee, Dr Eamon Keenan, HSE addiction clinical lead, said the forthcoming report indicates a “substantial increase in cocaine usage” in this population.
He said cocaine was a problem “right across society” and said the report will be calling for work to implement the Framework for Response to Illicit Drug Use in Higher Education, which was published in February 2020.
Source: Cormac O'Keeffe, Irish Examiner, 19th January 2022