Britain is cocaine hub of Europe, report says


    LONDON, June 10 (Xinhua) — Cocaine use among young people in England and Wales is the highest in Europe, with purity of the drug also at the highest level in a decade, according to a new report. The two are cocaine hubs in a continent where there is growing evidence of increased availability of the Class A drug, a report by the Europe Union (EU) drugs agency warns. The number of people of seeking treatment for use of the drug is also rising, according to the annual overview of the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA). Cocaine is the most commonly used illegal drug in Europe, with 2.3 million people aged 15 to 34 having used the drug in the past year, according to the report. Four percent of Brits aged 16 to 34 have taken cocaine in the past year, while 11.5 percent have used cannabis and 2.6 percent MDMA, also known as ecstasy. Cannabis, MDMA and amphetamines use are bigger problems elsewhere on the continent, and cannabis remains the most popular drug. Britain is cocaine hub of Europe, report says

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