There has been an alarming rise in recent drug use in Cork and Kerry, new figures show.
Use of illegal drugs within the last year in the Southern Regional Drug Task Force rose from 4.9% of adults in 2007 to 6.1% in 2011.
Recent drug use, or last-year use, is considered a better indicator of drug trends than lifetime use, which is use of any drug in a person’s life.
The figures are contained in a report published yesterday by the Department of Health, which is an update on a national drug prevalence study released last year.
The second bulletin of Drug Use in Ireland 2010/2011 provides a geographical breakdown of the national figures in the first bulletin by the National Advisory Committee on Drugs.
Source: Cormac O'Keefe, Irish Examiner, 20/06/2012