UK Europe’s Largest Cocaine Market

June 26, 2009

(ChattahBox)—A new report released by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime says the United Kingdom is the cocaine drug capital of Europe, having the second highest number of cocaine users.

The 2009 World Drug Report found about 860,000 cocaine users in England and Wales and about 140,000 in Northern Ireland and Scotland

The report shows an upward trend in cocaine use throughout the boom economic times of the 1990s that peaked and remained stable the last two years.

The statistics show that while the price of cocaine has increased nearly 50 percent since 2007, the quality of the drug has dramatically decreased.

Much of the cocaine sold on the streets in the UK today is barely 5 percent pure, as distributors increasingly cut it with dental and veterinary anesthetics.

The report targets the City of London as the epicenter for problem drug users, with nearly one out of every 100 Londoners having a serious drug problem.

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