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Crack Cocaine – Cracks in the mirror

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...area. Historically this would have been a cohort who found powder cocaine highly acceptable but would have viewed crack cocaine less favourably. That they were migrating from cocaine powder to...

UK among biggest consumers in ‘buoyant’ cocaine market

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...a number of countries. Coca cultivation and cocaine production in Latin America are increasing, says European drug report 2018: trends and developments, with wastewater analysis showing increased cocaine residues in...

In the right place

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...but from that point, I drank very heavily. In the mid-1990s, cocaine became part of my story as well and the consequences started to kick in. By 2000, I was...

Seizures of cocaine at ‘record levels’ in Europe

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...treatment for cocaine for the first time also increased by 37 per cent between 2014 and 2017, and cocaine is now the substance most commonly reported in drug-related emergency hospital...

White paper will set out new sanctions for drugs offences, says Malthouse

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The government has reignited the controversy around punishments for ‘middle class cocaine users’ with the announcement that a forthcoming white paper will set out tough new sanctions for drugs offences....

‘More than 50’ cocaine cutting agents identified

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...Drugs (ACMD). Although cocaine powder remains the second most commonly used illegal drug, use levels have been on a ‘general downward’ trend since 2009, says Cocaine powder: review of the...

Cocaine and ecstasy driving increase in class A use

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...‘mainly driven by an increase in powder cocaine and ecstasy use’. Ecstasy use among young people has increased Around 875,000 people had used powder cocaine in the previous year, more...

The Losing Hand

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...fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBT), dubbed the ‘crack cocaine of gambling’. Just seven years later he took his own life, with his parents arguing that he was addicted to ‘products licensed...

Scotland sees fall in injecting levels

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...in 2006-07.  The proportion of people reporting cocaine as their main drug, meanwhile, was 18 per cent, a percentage that has ‘increased sharply’ since 2015-16, albeit with a slight fall...

Crunch time

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...need our help’, he said. It was important to ‘not lose too much sleep’ over the launch’s punitive framing and instead ‘focus on the good stuff’. Talk of middle-class cocaine...

Deaths in treatment up by almost 30 per cent

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...years there was a fall in the number of people entering treatment for crack cocaine, used either with or without opiates, with the number at its lowest level since 2016-17....

Safe as houses

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...well with primary healthcare services during times of crisis. For now, James is doing very well. He has drawn strength from the peer support he finds in Cocaine Anonymous meetings,...

Out of Harm’s Way

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...was particularly driven by the arrival of cheap brown powder heroin in the ’80s and crack cocaine in the ’90s. My thoughts and feelings about drug and alcohol treatment at...

A New Model

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...corporations like the tobacco industry sell methamphetamine and cocaine, you should explain why those drugs wouldn’t then be up there at the top of that list.’ Reducing demand In terms...

Too many women with drug issues are falling through the gaps

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...every relationship I had because I had no idea how to have a healthy open relationship,” Tina said. Eventually she started using heroin and crack cocaine. Decades later, now in...

US drug deaths up by 15 per cent

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...opioids, compared to just over 70,000 in 2020. There were more than 71,000 deaths involving fentanyl, as well as almost 33,000 involving methamphetamine and just over 24,500 involving cocaine –...

‘Perfect storm’ in young people’s services

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...problems with cannabis (89 per cent), followed by alcohol (41 per cent), ecstasy (12 per cent) and powder cocaine (9 per cent). Further analysis of data from the Department for...
Drug strategy Release

Release’s take on the Government’s new Drug Strategy

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...in demand for recreational drugs The strategy rightly recognises that half of people dependent on opiates and crack cocaine are not in treatment, and that drug addiction co-occurs with a...

Europeans using more cannabis since pandemic

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...a more detailed, realistic and timely picture of drug use and drug markets’, says EMCDDA. The most commonly used drugs after cannabis were MDMA and cocaine (35 per cent of...

Another record high for England and Wales drug deaths

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...statistics show a 26.5% increase in cocaine-related deaths among women.  Dr Prun Bijral, medical director at Change Grow Live, comments: Increased cocaine purity and greater availability of cocaine has correlated...

‘Unprecedented’ purity levels for heroin, cocaine and ecstasy

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Heroin, cocaine, crack cocaine and MDMA are now being sold at ‘unprecedented’ levels of purity, according to the latest DrugWise survey of the UK’s street drugs market. This confirms a...

Opiates and cocaine ‘bigger global health threat than ever’

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Record-high production levels for opiates and cocaine, coupled with expanding drug markets, mean the drugs are now a ‘bigger global threat to public health and law enforcement than ever before’,...

The explosion that never happened

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...and Natalie Davies delve into the Findings Effectiveness Bank to separate fact from fiction. In its various guises, no drug has widely been considered so enticing as cocaine. Such beliefs...

Déjà vu

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...cocaine, alongside a 21 per cent increase in the estimated number of crack cocaine users in the South East. Anecdotally, our operational colleagues in the East of England area are...

Aggressive marketing and changing attitudes driving increased crack use

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...in crack cocaine use enquiry: summary of findings from www.gov.uk here Read Estimates of the prevalence of opiate use and/or crack cocaine use, 2016/17: Sweep 13 report from www.ljmu.ac.uk here...

Big rise in numbers seeking treatment for crack

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Crack paraphernalia There has been a 23 per cent increase in the number of people seeking treatment for crack cocaine, from 2,980 to 3,657, according to the latest figures from...

Europe’s drug trade more violent than ever, says Europol

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...cocaine, says the report, attracted by higher prices and lower risks than in North America. The booming cocaine market has increased the number of killings. Image by kerttu from Pixabay....

One Life Programme

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...1980s, Cocaine Anonymous (CA) has used the 12-step process to help people addicted to cocaine or other mind altering substances . While this process does not work for everyone, millions...

In mind and body

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...The subsequent research he conducted into the psychology of crack cocaine use has since become famous. What he found blew holes in the accepted narrative – that crack cocaine was...

Drug poisoning deaths hit highest level ever

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...952 – while deaths involving cocaine also jumped dramatically, from 169 to 247 in the space of a year. Cocaine-related deaths have now increased for three years in a row,...

300m drug users world-wide by ‘end of century’

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...document, which estimates that problem drug users – primarily those dependent on heroin or cocaine – number around 27m worldwide, approximately 0.6 per cent of the world’s population. However, clear...

Cross-party MPs demand reform of UK drug laws

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...666 fold increase, but the UK still has the highest rate of cocaine use in Europe (with 5.3% of young adults using cocaine in the last year). MPs from across...

Puncturing the myths?

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...acupuncture has been a popular alternative treatment for people with cocaine use problems – though this may have had more to do with the lack of an accepted conventional treatment...

Psychoactive challenge

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...paralysed by abbreviations and slang names. But those same workers were skilled at working with people who had cravings, were bingeing on cocaine, or who were experiencing bad ecstasy-related comedowns....

COVID fails to dent ‘resilient’ European drug market

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...the dark web, says EMCDDA, with the result that ‘a long-term impact of the pandemic could be the further digitalisation of drug markets’. Cocaine remains the second most-used drug in...

Media savvy

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...Hitchens, Mail on Sunday, 26 October Colombians would dispute the claim that [Stephen] Fry repeated on Newsnight: that, with cocaine consumption, ‘I’m the only person I hurt’. For them, a...

Fewer heroin and crack users, says NTA

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The number of heroin and crack cocaine users in England has fallen below 300,000 for the first time, according to figures issued by the NTA. The figure stood at 298,752...

Drug poisoning deaths highest ever

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...2012 and 2014 – from 579 to 952 – while deaths involving cocaine also jumped dramatically, from 169 to 247 in the space of a year. Cocaine-related deaths have now...

My, how you’ve changed!

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...of other drugs such as MDMA, amphetamine and cocaine were not at the levels of the 1990s. Other drugs were apparently tailing off in popularity, but were causing real problems...

Ketamine use: advice from the experts on harm reduction

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...as long as the police don’t come. Partygoers often use cocaine, MDMA, LSD or ketamine, with the combination of cocaine and ketamine (CK) becoming increasingly popular. The ketamine is snorted...

Deprived areas bear brunt of public health cuts

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...in overall drug use or class A drug use in England and Wales over the last year. Powder cocaine continues to be the second most commonly used drug after cannabis,...

Numbers seeking treatment for crack up nearly 20 per cent

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...treatment for crack cocaine The numbers, taken from National Drug Treatment Monitoring System (NDTMS) data, show more people in treatment for crack problems across all age categories, including younger age...

Europe: ‘new era’ of declining heroin use and complex stimulant market

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...The report also highlights ‘an increasingly complex’ stimulant market with a ‘wide variety of powders and pills’, and where cocaine, amphetamines and ecstasy increasingly compete with new synthetic drugs. These...

‘Biggest ever’ drugs importation operation busted

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...to be part of the UK arm of a ‘well-established’ organised crime group that used Dutch and British front companies to import heroin, cocaine and cannabis hidden in lorries carrying...

News in brief

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Big spenders Drug users in the US spend an estimated $100bn annually on cocaine, marijuana, heroin and methamphetamine, according to a White House-commissioned report from the Rand Corporation. Total expenditure...

British ‘get drunk’ more regularly than other nationalities

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...people who completed the section on cocaine use, less than 9 per cent reported using the drug on a weekly basis, but 65 per cent said they’d used it up...

Government accepts ACMD’s ketamine recommendation

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...including cocaine, following a decline in 2009 and stabilisation in 2010. London had the highest proportion of cocaine-related deaths at 15.2 per cent, while Liverpool recorded more drug-related deaths than...

Commissioning: What’s the Name of the Game?

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...fewer resources. The loss of expertise is one of the many things that bothers him. Gone are the days of specialist services for different substances. Everything – including alcohol, cocaine...

Government to set up county lines ‘coordination centre’

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...around crack cocaine – as ‘a key driver harming our communities’. Last year saw a 23 per cent increase in the number of people seeking treatment for crack (DDN, December/January,...

The Government must follow the evidence if they are to save lives, says Release

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...and morphine). This is 4.8% higher than in 2019 (2,160 deaths) and 48.2% higher than in 2010 (1,527 deaths). There has also been a five-fold increase in cocaine-related deaths since...

Your letters

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...to tell us that for cocaine, for example, a ‘licensed user pharmacy’ model would be the best option. Steve Rolles of Transform Drug Policy Foundation proposes a ‘licensed user pharmacy’...

National news from the substance misuse field

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...are taken in a predominantly recreational context, like novel psychoactive substances, cocaine, steroids and alcohol, place a heavy burden on the health system,’ said director of operations for substance misuse,...

The Recovery Street Film Festival – The bigger picture

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Junaid tells us how he became involved in making a film for the 2017 Recovery Street Film Festival. In 2015 I was using crack cocaine and daily endangering my own...

Government accepts ACMD’s ketamine recommendation

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...of deaths involving stimulants including cocaine, following a decline in 2009 and stabilisation in 2010. London had the highest proportion of cocaine-related deaths at 15.2 per cent, while Liverpool recorded...

Inspired by possibility

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...The route of these attempts was a severe addiction to cocaine. I had been using some form of stimulant from the age of 16 where I was supplied with vitamins...

Hope after chaos

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...as we could get into pubs. I left boarding school and went to college for about a year. There, I started smoking cannabis. This led to cocaine use, but I...

Expert opinion

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...thing or a bad thing,’ he says. ‘There have been suggestions that falls in the number of cocaine deaths could be attributed to people using mephedrone instead – perhaps it’s...

Revolutionary new £7m rehab centre inspired by journey of recovery

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DDN Rehab Guide Read the guide Spotlights Editorials Rehab News Directory A man in recovery from alcohol and cocaine addiction is preparing to launch a £7m rehab and behavioural health...

News in brief

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Cocaine cutting agents More than 50 different cutting agents have been identified in cocaine, including some that can cause ‘serious medical harm’, according to an ACMD evidence review. ACMD initiated...

Drug deaths in England and Wales up again

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...an opiate, the number of deaths involving cocaine was up by almost 10 per cent to 777 – more than five times the figure from a decade ago. The rate of...