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Drug Statistics and the Government

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008 Drug Statistics and the Government

It has been argued that overall drug use in England and Wales has decreased according to government figures released on the (30 10 08). Outcomes from the British Crime Survey found that 9.3 per cent of 16 to 59 year olds reported using any illicit drug in the last year, compared to 12.1 per cent in 1998.

The voluntary household survey using a sample of 16 to 59 year olds is considered the most comprehensive indicator of drug use in the general population. Though the limitations of this exercise become obvious in that they do not take into account prisoners, homeless populations and young people in residential care.

The Chief Executive of Drugscope Martin Barnes has been encouraged by the downward trend when he says “It is encouraging that the figures show a continuing downward trend in overall drug use among the adult population including cannabis which raises questions about the government’s ‘evidence-based’ decision to reinstate the drug to Class B.

Moreover he is worried by the fact that ie the use of cocaine powder among young people is a continuing cause for concern as the drug has become more affordable. Furthermore, levels of drug misuse in this country remain high compared to most European countries.

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