The UK’s Young Adults Abusing More Cocaine Counterparts in Europe

With drug-related deaths and overdoses at an all-time high here in the UK, there is increasing concern among officials. People will turn to drugs for various reasons; peer pressure, boredom, or to block out painful memories. However, in any of these cases, the one thing that is certain is that the overall health and well-being of the addict will begin to deteriorate as long as they are abusing the substance.

Recent reports have shown that people are right to be concerned about drug use in the UK as we have the highest percentage of young adults abusing cocaine in all of Europe.

European Hotspot

Recent research has highlighted the fact that the UK is Europe’s hotspot for cocaine abuse and gonorrhoea infection. According to a report from the OECD and European Commission, the percentage of young adults abusing cocaine is at its highest in the UK in comparison to other countries in Europe. Across Europe, 1.9 per cent of young adults aged between fifteen and thirty-four have used cocaine in the past year. In the UK, 4.2 per cent of this demographic admitted to using it. The numbers were published in the Health at a Glance: Europe 2016 report.

Cocaine and Gonorrhoea

Among other things, the authors wrote, “Cocaine is the most commonly used illicit stimulant in Europe. 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 2014, gonorrhoea rates were highest in the UK also. Of every 100,000 people in the country, sixty were found to have gonorrhoea. This is in comparison to the European average of just twenty per 100,000. The authors of the report concluded that although life expectancy across Europe has increased, many spend their remaining years battling illnesses.

Potentially Avoidable Diseases

European Commissioner for health and food safety Vytenis Andriukaitis said, “The Health at a Glance report provides useful information for member states to shape their actions on health across all policies. It shows that in the EU many people die every year from potentially avoidable diseases linked to risk factors such as smoking or obesity.”

Leave Our Clinic A New Person

Cocaine use can lead to poor health and devastating addictions that are notoriously difficult to treat. If you are concerned that you or a loved one might be suffering from a cocaine addiction, get in touch with us here at Blue Skies Recovery. Our primary goal is to ensure that all our clients leave the clinic a new person; a person no longer addicted to the substance they had been abusing. Our success rates at treating all manner of addictions are a testament to the fact that we are doing something right.

Our clinic has been designed to be comfortable, and it has a relaxing environment, ensuring that you feel safe here. Our staff are welcoming, patient and caring, which will make you feel as comfortable as can be in our facility.

Many worry about approaching a rehabilitation clinic as they feel might be judged. However, rest assured that as long as you remain in our clinic, you will never be judged. We want to help you recover, not to make you feel anxious or guilty. If you require any further information or have any general enquiries, contact us today.


  1. UK named as European hotspot for cocaine use and gonorrhoea (The Independent)
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