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Drugs: Misuse

Volume 507: debated on Tuesday 9 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the (a) level of availability and (b) price of mephedrone on the internet; and what estimate he has made of the average street price of cocaine in the last 12 months. (320341)

[holding answer 4 March 2010]: Mephedrone is sold in the UK through shops and online from websites under the guise of a research chemical, plant food or bath salts. It can be purchased from the internet at between £10 and £15 per gram.

The street cocaine market is multi-tiered and a gram of cocaine can be sold for between £20 and £70, with a most common price of £40. What is being sold as cocaine by local dealers typically contains less than 20 per cent. cocaine hydrochloride.