According to the latest findings from King’s College London, the major city is consuming more than eight tonnes of pure cocaine each year – more than Barcelona, Amsterdam and Berlin combined!
The study found that the average daily amount of pure cocaine that Londoners are consuming was 23kg with a street value of more than £1bn.
Most concerning of all, Dr Leon Barron, a forensic scientist at the London College advises that they found “sustained cocaine usage across the week” with only a small rise at the weekend.
The only UK city tested was Bristol, in which studies recorded as having more users of cocaine per head of population.
In a meeting held by Cocaine Anonymous, attendees and recovering addicts suggested that the “acceptance of cocaine as a recreational drug” is what fuels the problem.
What are the long-term effects of cocaine?
With regular use, tolerances for the drug stabilise, enabling users to take a stronger dose, more often. When not taking the drug, users can exhibit signs of increased irritability, restlessness, panic attacks, paranoia and in some circumstances, full psychosis.
Other symptoms include a loss of smell, nosebleeds, problems with swallowing, hoarseness and an inflamed runny nose.
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