UK Drug Use Reaches Record High Levels

People in the UK, specifically young adults aged 16 to 24, are taking more Class A drugs than previous statistics in over 25 years. Class A drugs include crack cocaine, ecstasy (MDMA), LSD, and methamphetamine (crystal meth). Because cocaine prices have dropped, the number of powder cocaine and ecstasy cases has increased.

New statistics released by The Crime Survey of England and Wales’ Home Office reveal some disturbing numbers that have only worsened over the past decade.

According to their statistics, 8.4 percent of 16 to 24-year-olds used Class A substances during the 2017-2018 period. Compared to 4.3 percent in 2016-2017, youths today are more involved in these dangerous drugs than we think. It’s also reported that 3.5 percent of people aged 16-59 had taken Class As, an increase from 3 percent in 2007 and 2008.

In the US, according to a recently published statistics study, the number of 8, 10, and 12-graders who used an illicit drug within their lifetime noted the highest increase between 2008 and 2013, from 32.6% to 36%.

Addaction, one of the UK’s prominent drug, mental health, and alcohol charities have been watching these number meticulously each year. Jacqueline Baker-Whyte, a worker at Addaction stated the dangers of these drugs saying, “The ‘quality’ is usually poor and the side effects can be horrendous.”

While a majority of users surveyed claimed they only took the substances once or twice a year, organizations must find a way to combat lethal drugs from hitting the streets. At music festivals, drugs have always been an item on the top of the list to keep out. Too many people have lost their lives due to these substances that are either sold or brought into major events. If you or someone you know needs help with drug addiction, alcohol, or mental health, check out the Addaction website here to find support.