Class A drug use in UK highest in 25 years
Class A drug use keeps getting higher.
What prices decrease, one can usually expect an influx of purchasing; we see this in every situation throughout life, and this is no different in the culture of drug use.
Cocaine; once the rich man’s drug, now the ‘everybody’ drug.
At the moment more youths in the UK are using class A drugs than in 25 years (which takes us just after the 80’s).
The Crime Survey of England and Wales’ Home Office released statistics that indicated that 8.4 percent of 16 to 24 years olds used Class A substances during the 2017-2018 year while 7 % reported interaction with Class A’s from 2016-2017.
Only 4.8% experimented with these substances from 2012-2013.
This indicates a gradual rise; why are so many people getting high?
Cocaine in the membrane
Cocaine prices are declining, making it more affordable to young people AND the cell phones are monumental tools in finding drugs easier- the whole awkward drug deals are a thing of a past.
In 1998 the street price of a gram of coke in the UK was R1664, in 2007 it was R1183 and in 2016 it dropped down to R702.
As Yasmin Batliwala, chair of the London-based drug and alcohol treatment charity WDP, stated. “The primary drug of choice has always been alcohol, as well as cannabis, but certainly in the last two or more years the use of Class A drugs has increased substantially.”
This issue isn’t only in the UK; all over the world accessibility and affordability are making Class A Drugs so obtainable.
Class A drug use increases so much that whatever line you try and draw, the youth will just snort it.