A new report has indicated that problem drug use has increased in many parts of the country.
The study from the Health Research Board also shows that nearly a fifth of those seeking treatment were under 18 years of age.
The research was carried out over a six-year period between 2001 and 2006.
While it shows a relatively small increase nationally in the number of new drug treatment cases, the figures show dramatic increases in regional areas.
Across Ireland, the main problem drugs reported were cannabis and opiates. The number of new cases reporting cocaine as their main problem drug was still relatively low, but did increase over the period.
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