Figures released this week by the Health Research Board point to a major increase in demand for drug treatment services. In particular treatment for cocaine abuse has rocketed in recent years.
Much of this is being attributed to the economic recovery and corresponding so-called recreational drug use.
The demand for treatment for the abuse of other drugs, particularly opiates and cannabis, is also increasing.
So does all of this point towards a major drug problem in the country? And if so why and what exactly can be done about it?
In this week's podcast we spoke to Michael Guerin, a senior therapist with the Cuan Mhuire treatment group. Michael has vast experience in the area and some very interesting insights into where exactly we are, how we got here, and how best to address what he believes to be a major health, social and economic problem.