Joao Matias of the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction has stated that “Cocaine use is going up”. Britons use more cocaine than almost any other country in Europe. In the UK in 2017-2018, 2.6% of people aged 16-59 took powdered cocaine (as opposed to crack cocaine, the more potent variant of the drug, which was taken by 0.1% of the population in the same period), up from 2.4% in 2013-2014, according to Home Office figures.
More young people are taking cocaine than ever before: 6% of 16 – 24 year olds have tried it, despite the fact that, overall, fewer young people take drugs in general. It is also likely that Home Office figures, which often exclude students, prisoners and homeless people, underestimate cocaine use because those groups typically have above average illegal drug use.
Most of this cocaine ends up in our sewage system, and researchers have been finding increasing levels in Britain’s water supply since 2012 , and levels are highest at weekends, indicating recreational use.
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