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Kildare Sees Sharp Rise In Number Of People Seeking Cocaine Addiction Treatment

Nationally, over 13 thousand people were treated for problem drug use last year.

There's been an almost fivefold increase in the number of people across Kildare seeking treatment for cocaine addiction.

A report from the Health Research Board (HRB) reveals a significant increase in the number of cocaine treatment cases across the county over a seven-year period.

In 2017, there were 28 cases of cocaine treatment in Kildare, accounting for 1.9% of the national total.

This number increased to 44 cases in 2018, representing 2.0% of the total.

In 2019, the number of cases rose slightly to 47, or 1.8% of the national figure.

The upward trend continued in 2020, with 61 cases (2.3%).

A significant jump occurred in 2021, with 99 cases reported, making up 3.0% of the national total.

The increase persisted in 2022, with 127 cases (3.1%), and by 2023, the number of cases had reached 137, accounting for 2.8% of the national total.

Nationally, over 13 thousand people were treated for problem drug use last year.

One in three of these were dependent on cocaine, with a significant rise in women becoming addicted to the drug.

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