Treatment for cocaine addiction in Ireland has tripled

Cocaine has become more of a problem drug than heroin in Ireland.

A Health Research Board report found from 2015 to 2021 the amount of people being treated for cocaine addiction trebled.

Sara Cassidy, is Clinical Director of Aiséirí a group of Rehabilitation Clinics in the South East.

She says social media means the drug has become more accessible across the country:

“Clients that we currently have in treatment have made it very clear that if they were to go into any of the rural towns or villages around that it’s literally accessible through social media that would only require them to go onto their Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, and they would start private messaging and it can be delivered to any area, literally any area.”


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