A Clare addiction counsellor believes that additional resources for treatment and support services for young people addicted to drugs is urgently needed.
It follows the publication of a new report from the Health Research Board, which points to a 71% increase in the number of people treated for problem drug use in Clare over a 7 year period.
In 2017, there were 749 cases in this county, 310 of those seeking treatment for the first time.
Nationally, the number of people who got treatment for cocaine use jumped by almost a third, while opiates, mainly heroin, were the most commonly reported main problem drug.
Treatment Team Leader at Bushypark Addiction Treatment Centre, Gerry Murphy has been telling Clare FM’s Fiona Cahill that the jump in numbers shows that services already in place are having an impact.
Anyone with concerns for themselves or a family member can contact Bushypark in confidence on 065 68 409 44.