With recreational drug use becoming more popular and consequently more sociably acceptable we have to ask ourselves, are we really aware of the risks and the facts?
It is estimated that 1 in 3 adults have indulged in using recreational drugs at some point in their life time…
…but how do you define an adult?
41% of those who have admitted using recreational drugs are 16-18 years old.
Addiction amongst teenagers is at an all-time high due to the popularity of well known ‘party drugs’ such as MDMA (ecstasy), Ketamine and GHB and hallucinogens such as Magic Mushrooms and LSD to name just a few. Behavioural addictions are also elevating with 25% of teens actually classed as being ‘addicted’ to their mobile phones.
65% get drugs through a friend
That’s well over half of us bypassing the dealer and going straight to our nearest and dearest for our supply needs.
10% of drugs get sold on
In the eyes of the law, anyone selling drugs is a dealer themselves!
Over 8 in 10 people who admitted to using drugs on a regular basis, prefer to use at home.
To be exact 84% of people would rather use drugs at home or at a friend’s house, this takes away the illusion and common presumption that drugs are there just to party with.
Marijuana ‘weed’ is voted the most popular recreational drug and why use it?…
…basically out of curiosity!
Only 13% of people believe they have a problem with drugs…
…with the NHS drastically pushed for resources around drug addiction and the demand for residential rehab growing continuously its surprising that compared to the number of users so few are in admission that there is a problem.
Quite worrying, is the the tiny gap between those who us recreational drugs occasionally and those who use every day, with just 2% between them.
21% of drug users claim they only use occasionally
23% of drug users are using daily
1% of us would definitely take ‘any’ drug if it was legal
Why not – its legal!
We forgot all those legal ‘drugs’ that are already out there…
…Alcohol, tobacco and caffeine are 3 of the most available drugs around. You can walk into practically any shop to stock up on your supply. Let’s also not forget those quickly vanishing ‘legal highs’ that seem to be most popular amongst teens.
Then we cannot forget the drugs prescribed by your doctor. The amount of people being admitted to residential rehab for addiction to prescription drugs has always been high and is often over looked by people believing they simply cannot be addicted to something prescribed by a doctor.
Sedatives, muscle relaxants (benzos) and pain killers such a tramadol and co codamol, which are almost always prescribed for genuine reasons are hugely addictive…
…but completely legal!
Do you or someone you know have a problem with drugs?
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