More than eight tons of cocaine consumed by Londoners every year, shock research reveals

More than eight tons of cocaine consumed by Londoners every year, shock research reveals

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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.

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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.

They found an average of more than half a million doses of coke, with an estimated street value of £2.75million, are consumed in London every day — twice that of any other European city.

The average amount of pure cocaine taken daily was 23kg — equivalent to 8.3 tons a year.


The next highest cities are Barcelona (12.74kg), and Am- sterdam and Berlin (both 4.62kg).

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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