The use of cocaine is thought to be increasing; the problem is not just as prevalent as ever, it is becoming more serious with time.
Figures of Cocaine Prevalence.
- Seven years ago, the drug cost around £70 for a gram. Now it sells for as little as £35
- 635,000 people used it in Britain in 2004, according to Home Office figures.
- Almost 100 people a year die in the UK as a result of cocaine use
- There are an estimated 79,000 crack users in the UK, up from 58,000 five years ago
- Cocaine is now the second most popular drug in the UK after cannabis, with usage doubling in the last seven years
- More than 20,000 tonnes of cocaine were seized by UK customs officers in 2004
- The world market in cocaine is estimated to be worth as much as $400 billion a year
- Five per cent of all British banknotes are thought to have been used to snort cocaine