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Cocaine use in Ireland: 'In work I'll pretend I had a quiet weekend - but I'd feel like a corpse'

With cocaine use now at Celtic Tiger levels in Ireland, Donal Lynch spoke to some people who use the drug, and others whose lives have been affected by it

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Cocaine use. Stock picture

Cocaine use. Stock picture

Cocaine use. Stock picture

Mark (34), an accountant from Dublin, vividly remembers the first line of coke he ever took.

"Actually it was more of a bump - a smaller amount," he explains. "A friend gave it to me in the toilet at a party from the tip of a key and I can recall the surge of confidence that came with it. It was like seeing the world through different eyes. I much preferred it to drink - that clear, sharp feeling - but it also went well with drink, it seemed to sober me up a bit," he explains. "I was already working at that stage and I began a pattern of sometimes, on special occasions, about once every three weeks, I would take coke. But I wouldn't have considered myself an addict any more than someone who likes a few glasses of wine at the weekend would consider themselves an alcoholic."


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