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Cocaine use doubles after Labour launches anti-drug strategy

Cocaine use has doubled under Labour, despite a decade-long drive to reduce consumption of the drug, a Government survey has revealed.

By James Kirkup, Political Correspondent

Last Updated: 6:03PM GMT 30 Oct 2008

The total quantity of cocaine being intercepted by police and customs officers has also slumped, Home Office figures showed, sparking warnings that the street price of the drug will fall further.

The Home Office released data from the British Crime Survey, showing drug use among people aged between 16 and 59 in England and Wales.

The data show that even after a modest fall in cocaine use from 2006/07 to 2007/08, the drug is roughly twice as heavily used now as it was a decade ago.

Labour launched a ten-year national drug strategy in 1998, promising to "focus on those that cause the greatest damage, including cocaine".

In the 1998 crime survey, 1.3 per cent of people said they had taken cocaine at least once in the previous year. This year, the figure was 2.3 per cent.

In 1998, some 0.5 per cent of people had used cocaine in the previous month. Now, it is 1 per cent.

This year, the Home Office estimates that 330,000 people took cocaine during the last month and 740,000 have taken the drug during the past year.

Overall, the survey estimated that almost 11.5 million people aged between 16 to 59 have ever used an illegal drug of any sort, with cannabis the most commonly used substance followed by cocaine.

Almost 3 million have taken drugs in the last 12 months and around 1.7 million have done so in the last month, the Home Office estimates.

Street prices of cocaine have fallen steadily for several years, and prices as low as £25 for a one-gram "wrap" are now common in parts of the country.

The Home Office tried to claim a victory by highlighting an increase in the number of cocaine seizures: there were 16,079 seizures in 2006/07, up 35 per cent from the previous year.

However, the total amount of the drug seized actually fell by 15 per cent a year, and it has halved in five years.

In 2003, 6,813 kg of cocaine was seized by police and customs officers in England and Wales. In 2006/07, it was 3,191kg.

The last time cocaine seizures were lower was 1999, when 1,415 kg of the drug was seized.

Full story, source: The Telegraph

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i expect nothing better from Labour. soft on crime soft of the causes of crime and everything that goes with it. is there a social worker in the house.

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i expect nothing better from Labour. soft on crime soft of the causes of crime and everything that goes with it. is there a social worker in the house.

Now that's just a downright damned lie! And I am appalled at you Steve. Utterly appalled. :angry:

You forgot to say what Labour are tough on. They're tough on the victims; "Crime? What about it. Burglers in your house? Give them everything and await the police to arrive, don't protect yourself or your family, as you will be sued. Whilst the burgler/theif will be merely slapped on the hand for their first offenses. Drunken teenagers throwing abuse and threatening you? Don't do anything such as self-defence, or we'll allow them to sue you depite all your evidence suggesting you were acting in self-defense before they stomped on your head as you got out of your car, but never fear! We'll give them a right good old telling off with an asbo."

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Im not thinking this is a bad thing, they should stop worrying themselfs with what people wanna put in thier bodies an concentrate on real crime, child abuse, murder etc, oh an what about tackling corruption.

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