The UK is a hotbed of cocaine and gonorrhoea, study finds

Louis Dor
Thursday 24 November 2016 15:30
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The group mistook the travel sickness drug hyoscine for cocaine(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

It seems the UK rules Europe for cocaine and gonorrhea.

This comes from the European Drug Report 2016, which is compiled by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction.

The below chart by Statista shows that the UK topped Europe for cocaine use among young people, well above the European average of 1.9 per cent prevalence:

The report read:

About two per cent of young adults aged 15 to 34 report having used cocaine in the last year.

The percentage of young adults consuming cocaine is highest in the United Kingdom, Spain and the Netherlands with three per cent or more of young adults having used cocaine at least once in the last year.

In the same year, the UK held the highest reported rates of gonorrhea, with 60 out of every 100,000 people found to have the sexually transmitted infection.

The European average was 20 per 100,000 people.

So much for the stereotype of the reserved and mild-mannered Brit.

The report concluded that life expectancy across Europe had increased, but that many in their advanced years were in ill health.

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