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UN report claims Island has high level of cocaine use

Tue, 03 Jul 2012

A United Nations report says the Isle of Man has the world's highest level of cocaine use for the size of the population.

The annual UN world drug report, which was released last week, is a comprehensive study of the global patterns of illegal drug use.

3.5% of people on the Island between the ages of 15 and 64 are believed to use cocaine - that would equate to around 3,000 people.

The Isle of Man comes ahead of Scotland, Spain and England for usage of the class A drug.

The Island is also said to have the sixth highest usage of ecstasy at 1.5%.

Cannabis use per head of population was 9.4%.

It's not the first time the Isle of Man has fared poorly in a study into drug habits and this latest report appears to be compiled from figures that are already available.

In recent years the ESPAD survey has revealed worrying levels of alcohol and drug use among young people, when compared to other countries in Europe.







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