Friday, 29 Aug, 2008 Health & Fitness

Cocaine Kills Mercilessly in Record Numbers, Figures Show


According to new figures, a record number of people fall victims of drugs that are often used at different parties, including such drug as cocaine.

Researchers say that more British teenagers become addicted to cocaine after trying to copy their favorite celebrities, such as Pete Doherty and Amy Winehouse. However, not only youngsters become addicted to drugs. A lot of people in their 30s and 40s died after falling victims of cocaine. Figures have prompted charities to alert people that cocaine turns into a drug of choice among middle-class.

"The massive increase in cocaine deaths is the most worrying as it is still seen as a safe middle-class drug. People think they can copy celebrities and do a quick line because it doesn't have the same stigma as other class As but it's actually just as destructive," said an Addaction spokesman.

According to the data presented by the Office for National Statistics, 2,640 people had died from drug poisoning in England and Wales in 2007, a 2.7 percent increase in comparison with 2006. Cocaine led to the death of 196 people in 2007, which is an 11 percent increase in comparison with 1993 when data was recorded for the first time.

Lots of deaths are linked with using drugs while drinking alcoholic drinks. The fusion of alcohol and cocaine produced cocaine-ethynyl, substance that can provoke heart attack.

Addaction said: "It's particularly worrying that middle-aged men are now continuing to use drugs as they get older. At one time, young people would dabble then stop as they settled down but these kind of figures suggest an epidemic."

The Department of Health outlined that combating drug abuse is currently the main goal. "Increased funding has led to 130 per cent more people in treatment and crime associated with drugs has fallen," it added.


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