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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

‘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...

Linwood House

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...alcohol, cocaine, cannabis, heroin, opiates, legal highs and prescription drugs. Our therapy approach is focussed on helping you address your dependence on drugs or alcohol and empowering you to make...

Just 25 per cent think regular cannabis use is ‘very harmful’

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...criminal matter, however, compared to a third of over-65s. People were also asked to class the substances in terms of their impact on wider society, with crack cocaine and heroin...

We’ll publish drug strategy by end of the year, government says

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...it will encourage an increase in the use of drug testing on arrest in a number of police forces, where cocaine or opiates are ‘suspected’ to have contributed to the...

PHE issues warning after sharp rise in overdoses

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...more naloxone with them than usual. It had also received earlier anecdotal information about possible crack cocaine contamination, it said.  ‘We are urging drug users to be extra careful following...

Cannabis four times stronger than 25 years ago 

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...traffickers’ ‘ability to adapt quickly to changed environments and circumstances’. Diversified cocaine supply chains into Europe were ‘pushing prices down and quality up’, it added, while major online ‘dark web’...

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...

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...

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’,...

‘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...

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...

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...

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...

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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...Cocaine Anonymous Since the 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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Letters

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...life-time nicotine, alcohol, cannabis or cocaine dependence’, Addiction, 2011) found that of those addicted to cocaine, 27 per cent had stopped using the drug after two years, 51 per cent...

Life’s what you make of it

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...successful model, which opened up opportunities as a TV presenter. Alongside the lifestyle and heavy drinking she developed a serious cocaine habit, ‘mainly to keep awake as I was also...

Danish lessons

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...estimated 17,000 injecting drug users, principally using opiates but with an increasing use of cocaine. National statistics for drug-related deaths, collected by the police since 1970, and by the health...

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,...

Alcohol and drugs in the news

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...McKeganey, Scotsman, 7 September A mother who paid £300 for a dozen packets of cocaine as a birthday present for her daughter’s 18th has been spared jail. Nicola Austen, 37,...

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...

At the cutting edge

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...biggest consumers in a ‘buoyant’ cocaine market, with purity levels at their highest for a decade, while Kevin Flemen wonders in DDN if the recent growth in crack use indicates...

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,...

‘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...

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...

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...

A guide to fentanyl – Meet the fentanyls

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...clearly the group most at risk of encountering fentanyls. However, they have cropped up in place of other products including benzodiazepines and stimulants such as MDMA or cocaine in the...

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’...

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...

Record drug deaths for England and Wales

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...‘most opioids’ have remained steady, fentanyl-related deaths have continued to rise – to 75, from 58 in 2016 – while deaths related to cocaine have now increased for six consecutive...

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...

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...

Meeting the needs of anabolic steroid users

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...when it comes to steroids? ‘I don’t think so,’ he states. ‘I think the movement away from just opiates and crack cocaine to this much wider area encompassing both enhancement...

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...

Media savvy

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...to imagine a less deserving case for free healthcare than Callie, a US citizen who was jailed in 2007 for supplying heroin and cocaine. I am sorry that he is...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...