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Cocaine, treatment and public health: A case study in Merseyside and Cheshire

Howarth, P, Cuddy, K and Hurst, A (2010) Cocaine, treatment and public health: A case study in Merseyside and Cheshire. In: International Harm ReductionAcademy Conference, 3 May 2010.

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Originating from the coca plant in South America, the prevalence of cocaine use has increased in recent times and it has become a global commodity. It is the second most trafficked illicit drug in the world, after cannabis, with world seizures in 2006 amounting to 706 tonnes (EMCDDA, 2008).
General population surveys show an increase in cocaine use in many European countries, especially among young people, though this may now be slowing in countries with the highest rates of use. Indicators of cocaine availability in Europe, including seizures of the drug and amounts seized have also increased dramatically in recent years, with the demand for treatment for cocaine use increasing substantially in recent years in some European countries.
There is evidence to suggest that the proportions of adults (15-64 year olds) in the UK using the drug are within the top 5% in Europe (EMCDDA, 2007) and the 2008/9 British Crime Survey found that 3.0% of adults had used cocaine in the past year compared to 2.3% in 2007/8 (Hoare, 2009).

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Divisions: Public Health Institute
Publisher: Centre for Public Health
Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2017 11:45
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2022 15:15
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/5683
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