Cocaine boom in young users

Cheap cocaine fuels boom in 16 to 24-year-old users

CUT-PRICE COCAINE is fuelling a cocaine crisis in 16 to 24-year-olds as record numbers of youngsters are using the drug.

Home Office statistics show that one in 16 of all 18 to 24-year-olds took the drug in the last year, as opposed to one in 100 a decade ago.

Experts say the rise is due to dealers offering diluted versions of the drug that are more affordable than purer and expensive stuff used by celebrities and high-flyers.

Cut-price cocaine could also be behind the drop in cannabis use – just 20%of 16-24-year-olds now smoke it.

DrugScope chief executive, Martin Barnes, told the Daily Mail: ‘The picture is not encouraging when it comes to cocaine.

‘Prices have fallen and, in some parts of the country, dealers are offering a heavily cut ‘economy’ version of the drug at £30 a gram as well as a less adulterated ‘luxury’ version for £50 a gram. It is a drug which has severe health risks. But given legitimate health concerns about cannabis, the continuing fall in its use, especially among young people, is encouraging.’

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