Reported Cases Of Cocaine Poisoning Spiked Last Year

David Layde
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The number of cocaine poisoning cases spiked last year.

HSE figures published in the Sunday Times reveal 98 people treated in hospital after taking the drug — up from just 66 in 2017.

Health officials said the number of deaths linked to cocaine had fallen during the recession years, but climbed from 2013 onward.

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The paper suggests that drug users are moving away from newer, experimental drugs, and going back to more traditional ones such as cocaine.