Cookie policy: This site uses cookies (small files stored on your computer) to simplify and improve your experience of this website. Cookies are small text files stored on the device you are using to access this website. For more information please take a look at our terms and conditions. Some parts of the site may not work properly if you choose not to accept cookies.


Subscribe or Register

Existing user? Login

Controlled drugs

Government investigation finds crack cocaine use increases by 8.5% in five years

The number of people using crack cocaine has increased by 8.5% in the past five years, according to the latest data from a Home Office and Public Health England (PHE) investigation.

According to a statement on the PHE website, the investigation was launched following evidence that indicated a rise in crack cocaine use in England.

To understand the rise, PHE and the Home Office led an inquiry based on a series of interviews and focus groups with drug treatment workers, service users and police officers.

Data from the investigation revealed that between 2011/2012 and 2016/2017, the number of crack cocaine users had increased by 8.5% from 166,640 users to 180,748 users.

Meanwhile, the data also show that the number of opiate users increased by 2% (5,131 people) in the same period, from 256,163 users to 261,294 users.

The investigation’s report also noted a 19% increase in the number of adults starting treatment for crack cocaine (with and without opiates) in England between 2015/2016 and 2017/2018.

The inquiry concluded that there was a “need to explore more effective methods of getting crack users into treatment and to provide a more attractive treatment offer which is tailored to their specific needs”.

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal DOI: 10.1211/PJ.2019.20206336

Have your say

For commenting, please login or register as a user and agree to our Community Guidelines. You will be re-directed back to this page where you will have the ability to comment.

Recommended from Pharmaceutical Press

  • Patient Care in Community Practice

    Patient Care in Community Practice

    Patient Care in Community Practice is a unique, practical guide for healthcare professionals or carers. Covers a range of non-medicinal products suitable for use at home.

    £22.00Buy now
  • Clinical Pharmacokinetics

    Clinical Pharmacokinetics

    A practical guide to the use of pharmacokinetic principles in clinical practice. Includes case studies with questions and answers.

    £33.00Buy now
  • Strategic Medicines Management

    Strategic Medicines Management

    A practical guide to influencing the availability of medicines, and policies of their use. Focuses on the strategic elements of medicines management.

    £33.00Buy now
  • Introduction to Renal Therapeutics

    Introduction to Renal Therapeutics

    Introduction to Renal Therapeutics covers all aspects of drug use in renal failure. Shows the role of the pharmacist in patient care for chronic kidney disease.

    £38.00Buy now
  • Drugs and the Liver

    Drugs and the Liver

    Drugs and the Liver assists practitioners in making pragmatic choices for their patients. It enables you to assess liver function and covers the principles of drug use in liver disease.

    £38.00Buy now

Search an extensive range of the world’s most trusted resources

Powered by MedicinesComplete
  • Print
  • Share
  • Comment
  • Save
  • Print Friendly Version of this pagePrint Get a PDF version of this webpagePDF

Newsletter Sign-up

Want to keep up with the latest news, comment and CPD articles in pharmacy and science? Subscribe to our free alerts.