The EU’s drug agency has revealed that the UK is tops in the continent in the use of Heroin, Cocaine, Amphetamines, and MDMA.
Drug use in the country has been high for a while, and steadily rising. A 2014 report claims that nearly one in three British adults have taken an illegal substance, and a fifth of those still do. 87% of the people who had taken drugs said that they had never had a problem with substances.
Of the reports most startling observations are that Cocaine use is rising faster than in any other country while cannabis use is among the highest in Europe. The proportion of Britons who admit using amphetamines is almost twice as high as anywhere else in Europe also.
And legal highs also continue to flood in to the continent with 101 new substances reported last year, a rise of 25 per cent on the previous year, the agency said. More than 450 legal highs are now being monitoring across Europe, according to the report, the EU’s annual review of the drugs problem. Reported use of such substances also increased by more than half.
This, however, may not be a problem for long as the UK Government has pledged a recent crackdown on legal highs with proposed new laws to ban the supply and importation of the substances but, until then, it seems as though the UK holds the dubious distinction of Europe’s Drug Capital.