Last time, we talked in general about drug use in men over 40. This time, we discuss the growing problem of cocaine use in men over 40.
Over the past two decades, the use of cocaine here in the UK has trebled. Men in their forties and fifties, in particular, are using cocaine more and more.
While you may believe the launch of an anti-cocaine campaign could lower usage in the UK population, experts believe it could have the opposite effect.
In fact, a new market has emerged alongside expensive high purity cocaine. A more affordable, low purity version available for as little as £2 a line.
Traditionally, cocaine usage was highest in teenagers or people in their twenties. However, recently, this number has dropped, with cocaine use in men over 40 in the UK rising to 1.5% from 0.8% between 2001 and 2002.
A similar rise was also witnessed in adults considered more ‘comfortably off’. The UK has the highest number of cocaine users anywhere in Europe. In fact, over 810,000 men and women between 16 and 59 admit to using it.
Ultimately, the findings suggest that age is not a factor which leads to people giving up cocaine.
Cheaper forms of this harmful drug are now available which are popular with low-income brackets. This is even more harmful than higher-priced cocaine. It’s often mixed with ‘cutting agents’ which themselves are dangerous to health. Yet, they’re particularly popular with those suffering from depression.
So what are law enforcement authorities doing to tackle this problem? Well, there’s been an increased crackdown in the supply from both the UK and abroad. Plus, new laws have been brought in to stop the trade of dangerous cutting agents.
If you want to learn more about the harmful effects of cocaine use in men over 40, we suggest heading over to Talk to Frank. There’s lots of reliable information there, and you can even speak to someone if you need to.