Sharp rise in drug use in East Mid­lands

Only re­gion to have an in­crease in fig­ures

Hinckley Times - - NEWS - ROB GRANT

PEO­PLE in the East Mid­lands re­ported a sharp rise in co­caine and other drug use last year. Some 8.5 per cent of peo­ple in the East Mid­lands ad­mit­ted they had taken an il­le­gal drug in 2016/17. This was up from 6.4 per cent the year be­fore. It was the only re­gion in Eng­land and Wales to post an in­crease in drug use that the Home Of­fice said was sta­tis­ti­cally sig­nif­i­cant in their lat­est sur­vey. The only re­gions to have higher rates of drug use were Lon­don and the South. In­creased co­caine and ec­stasy use fu­elled the in­crease in the East Mid­lands. One in 43 peo­ple in the re­gion ad­mit­ted to tak­ing co­caine last year, up from one in 99 the year be­fore. Ec­stasy use climbed from 0.6 per cent to 1.5 per cent over the same time pe­riod. Cannabis was the re­gion’s most pop­u­lar drug, with one in 15 peo­ple ad­mit­ted to smok­ing it. The re­port shows that ec­stasy, hal­lu­cino­gens, am­phet­a­mines and cannabis have be­come less pop­u­lar, while co­caine use has be­come more wide­spread in Eng­land over the past 20 years. About 29.6 per cent of peo­ple aged be­tween 16 and 59 in Eng­land and Wales said they had smoked cannabis at least once in their lives, while al­most one in 10 peo­ple said they had taken co­caine at least once. This means that about 3.2m peo­ple have taken co­caine and 9.7m have taken cannabis. Peo­ple aged 20 to 24 are the big­gest drug users, with more than one in five peo­ple in this age group re­port­ing tak­ing some­thing in the past year. Men were more than twice as likely to take drugs as women. The sur­vey showed that going out at night was strongly cor­re­lated with drug use. For example, one per­son in 43 in Eng­land and Wales said they had taken co­caine in the past year - but this rose to one in six among those who had been out club­bing four or more times in the past month. Drug users were also more likely to be sin­gle, un­em­ployed or a stu­dent, a re­cent vic­tim of crime and to say that they were un­happy with life, the re­port found.

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