Experts have warned that cocaine has infiltrated all sections of society, to the point that it is now normalised in social settings, and addiction counsellors are seeing more and more young fathers hooked on the drug in Cork.
Clinical director of Tabor Lodge treatment centre, Mick Devine, has witnessed a significant spike in cocaine addiction among men, noting a worsening spike since the economic recovery took hold.
He said young men who previously did not have a lot of disposable income have in recent years been able to splash their cash on recreational drug-taking.
He noted that it is often men with young families who were now turning to treatment centres for help for their addictions because their use of cocaine had become a problem which is affecting the family home.
“Young men with a lot of money are getting into serious drug problems,” he said.