MORE than eight tons of cocaine is consumed by Londoners every year, shock research reveals.
The capital’s coke market is now estimated to be worth £1billion annually.
An average of 23kg of cocaine is consumed in London everyday[/caption]
Forensic scientists at King’s College London tested waste water in the city for benzoylecgonine — the compound produced by the body when it breaks down cocaine.
The average amount of pure cocaine taken daily was 23kg — equivalent to 8.3 tons a year.
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Dr Leon Barron, of King’s College London, said researchers noted sustained cocaine use during the working week and a slight rise at the weekends.
He added: “That is in contrast to other cities where you see a very marked recreational use at the weekend.”
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