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Drugs: Misuse

Volume 476: debated on Monday 19 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research his Department has commissioned into the (a) levels and (b) implications for public health of cocaine abuse in urban areas. (201622)

Provision of trend data on the level of use of cocaine and other illegal drugs is a matter for the Home Office.

Cocaine is a class A drug and its harmful effects on the health of individuals are well known. The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs keeps the available evidence on the harms of cocaine, and other drugs, under review. Through campaigns such as Frank, the Department will continue to promote the message that cocaine use is harmful and should be avoided.