The map of England and Wales by drug of preference

The map of England and Wales by drug of preference

Last week the 2015/16 government Crime Survey found that the West Country was the cannabis capital for England and Wales.

We decided it would be interesting to gauge the drugs of choice for each area.

We did this by comparing the prevalence of reported use of the five drugs featured in the release: amphetamines, cannabis, ecstasy, hallucinogens and powder cocaine.

We compared each regions prevalence of 16-59 year olds reporting use in the past year to the average for England and Wales, in order to find the drug most used more than average in that particular region.

Picture: Carto/Louis Doré

London has 196 per cent more people reporting use of ecstasy in the past year (2.943 per cent) than the average for England and Wales, making it the capital's drug of choice compared to national rates.

Both the West and East midlands and the east of England returned prevalence below the national average across the whole range of drugs surveyed.

The drug most frequently used across England and Wales was cannabis (6.473 per cent), while the least used were hallucinogens (0.498 per cent).

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