The number of people caught driving under the influence of cocaine spiked significantly when the State first entered lockdown.
Detections of people driving while on cocaine have been increasingly steadily in recent years but figures released to The Irish Times suggest that trend accelerated after pubs, restaurants and non-essential businesses were closed and strict travel restrictions were imposed throughout the State in March and April.
Cocaine use in the general population has been rising in recent years in line with the growing economy. The reasons for its increased detection in drivers post-lockdown are more uncertain, however.
Gardaí say the rise may be linked to people being more likely to take drugs at house parties while pubs and clubs are closed.
Source: Conor Gallagher, Irish Times, 18th January 2021