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[Published: Thursday October 15 2020]

Cocaine and heroin deaths soaring among women

LONDON, 15 Oct. - (ANA) - Class-A drug use has risen dramatically among women, with the number of female deaths related to cocaine increasing sevenfold over the past 10 years, a report revealed.

2019 also saw a record number of women killed by heroin, with many of the dead falling in to the so-called “Trainspotting generation” who became addicted to heroin in the 1990s when prices were cheap.

More illegal drugs than ever before are coming into the UK - and buying them is almost as easy as ordering a pizza, according to a government-commissioned report.

The independent review by Professor Carol Black found that the country’s illicit drugs market is worth £9.4bn a year, but costs society an estimated £19bn.

And an “unprecedented” number of children and teenagers are being drawn into the drug trade through county lines gangs, Black warns.

The publication of the review findings comes days after the BBC reported that an investigation by the broadcaster had found it took just 27 minutes to receive an order of cocaine from a drug dealer in Leeds.

Drugs as easy to buy online as pizza, says government report.
Illicit drugs in England coast the society some £19 billion ($24 billion) annually.  - (ANA) -

AB/ANA/15 October 2020 - - -


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