Drugs – The Facts

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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 lifetime… …but how do you define an adult?

41% of those who have admitted to 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 them 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 pushing for resources around drug addiction and the demand for residential rehab growing continuously it's surprising that compared to the number of users so few are in the admissibility that there is a problem. Quite worrying, is the tiny gap between those who use recreational drugs occasionally and those who use them 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 – it's 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 our doctor. The amount of people being admitted to residential rehab for addiction to prescription drugs has always been high and is often overlooked by people believing they simply cannot be addicted to something prescribed by a doctor. Sedatives, muscle relaxants (benzos) and pain killers such as 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?

Please call Help4Addiction 0203 955 7700

Help 4 Addiction can help with addiction to Marijuana, Cocaine, LSD, Amphetamine, Crystal Meth, Heroin, Methadone, Prescription drugs, Alcohol addiction and legal highs.

About Author

Nicholas Conn

Nicholas Conn

Nicholas Conn is a leading industry addiction expert who runs the UK’s largest addiction advisory service and is regularly featured in the national press, radio and TV. He is the founder and CEO of a drug and alcohol rehab center called Help4addiction, which was founded in 2015. He has been clean himself since 2009 and has worked in the Addiction and Rehab Industry for over a decade. Nick is dedicated to helping others recover and get treatment for drug and alcohol abuse. In 2013, he released a book ‘The Thin White’ line that is available on Amazon.

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