Cocaine use is now widespread across Ireland. I know that’s a sentence you’ve heard trotted out many times over the years. And while such headlines are often splashed across newspapers for dramatic effect, it’s a perennial statement that actually seems to be as relevant now in Ireland as it ever was.

The Irish Times published a story last week quoting gardaí, medical experts and drug treatment officers claiming that cocaine is no longer the clichéd white-collar recreational drug of choice. In fact “farmers and nurses” are now apparently as likely to be sniffing the white stuff as much as the Dublin financier, it reported. The mind boggles.