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Drug Addicts

Volume 82: debated on Monday 1 July 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Social Services (1) how many people in each of the last five years have been notified to the chief medical officer as addicted to cocaine; and what percentage of total notifications these figures represent;(2) how many persons notified to the chief medical officer over the last five years specified cocaine as their principal drug addiction.

I have been asked to reply.The available information for the years 1980 to 1983 is given in the following table; corresponding figures for 1984 are not yet available. In cases where the person is reported as addicted to more than one drug, the notifications do not indicate the principal drug of addiction.

Drug addicts notified to the Home Office during the years 1980 to 1983 as addicted to cocaine. United Kingdom
1980198119821983
New addicts
Number reported as addicted to:
Cocaine alone11233542
Cocaine in combination with other drugs136151179303
Total147174214345
Number as a percentage of all new addicts notified
Cocaine alone0·71·01·31·0
Cocaine in combination with other drugs8·56·76·47·2
Total9·27·77·78·2
Former addicts
Number reported as addicted to:
Cocaine alone2325
Cocaine in combination with other drugs386569129
Total406871134
Number as a percentage of all former addicts notified
Cocaine alone0·20·30·20·3
Cocaine in combination with other drugs4·56·15·27·7
Total4·86·45·48·0

1980

1981

1982

1983

All addicts

Number reported as addicted to:
Cocaine alone13263747
Cocaine in combination with other drugs174216248432
Total187242285479
Number as a percentage of all addicts notified
Cocaine alone0·50·80·90·8
Cocaine in combination with other drugs7·16·56·07·4
Total7·77·36·98·2