Rise in cocaine and ecstasy leads to record number of Brits taking Class A drugs last year

Rise in cocaine and ecstasy leads to record number of Brits taking Class A drugs last year

- in Usa News

A RECORD number of Brits took Class A drugs last year, figures show.

This was mainly due to a rise in cocaine and ecstasy use, say experts.

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A rise in cocaine has led to record breaking numbers of people taking Class A drugs in the UK[/caption]


Ecstasy is another drug which has contributed to the shock increase in drug intake[/caption]

Home Office stats showed a total of 3.7 per cent of 16 to 59-year-olds reported taking the most dangerous drugs in 2018/19.

That is up from 3.5 per cent the year before and the highest rate since records began in 1996.

It equates to around 1.3million people, according to the data based on findings from the Crime Survey of England and Wales.

Class A use was also on the up among millennials — 16 to 24-year-olds — the findings said, adding: “This is mainly driven by an increase in powder cocaine and ecstasy use.”

Overall drug use also increased.

Roughly one in 11 adults aged 16 to 59 had taken an illicit substance in the last year.

This proportion (9.4 per cent) equates to around 3.2 million people, up from 9 per cent recorded in 2017/18, and 8.3 per cent in 2015/16.

Although this is still lower than the 11.2 per cent measured in 1996 when records began.

End Of The Line

Cocaine use is reaching epidemic levels in Britain, with the UK branded the ‘Coke capital’ of Europe.

Use has doubled in the last five years, and with young people the numbers are even worse.

A staggering one in five 16-to-24-year-olds have taken cocaine in the last year.

That’s why The Sun has launched its End Of The Line campaign, calling for more awareness around the drug.

Cocaine use can cause mental health problems such as anxiety and paranoia, while doctors have linked the rise in cheap, potent coke to an increase in suicide rates.

People from all walks of life, from builders and labourers to celebrities like Jeremy McConnell – who is backing our campaign – have fallen foul of its lure.

It’s an issue that is sweeping the UK and, unless its tackled now, means a mental health crisis is imminent.

The data also found the number of people taking drugs in their late 20s rose by almost three per cent amid a rise in the use of cannabis, amphetamines and cocaine.

The survey said the use of drugs between 25 to 29-year-olds rose from 13.5 per cent in 2017/18 to 16.4 per cent in 2018/19.

The Sun’s End Of The Line campaign calls for more awareness around cocaine and the mental health problems it causes.

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