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The latest figures show more people are using opiates and crack cocaine in the South West

An “alarming” number of teenagers and young adults are using opiates and crack cocaine in the South West.
A new report published by Public Health England reveals that almost 30,000 people are estimated to be using both crack cocaine and opiates – like heroin and opiate-based prescription drugs – live across the South West. That figure that has risen by over 2,000 in just five years.

UKAT’s CEO and former addict Eytan Alexander said: “Public Health England’s data clearly shows that an alarming number of teenagers and young adults are addicted to these incredibly potent substances.
Cornwall and Isles of Scilly: 2,237
It’s claimed that more and more young people are experimenting with the drugs, with crack rocks being sold for as little as £5.
“They’re seeking the feeling of euphoria at pocket money prices- crack rocks can be purchased for as little as a fiver with dealers available any time of day at the click of a button.
Public Health England data

UK Addiction Treatment, a private organisation that provides treatment to addicts, says the figures are concerning.

The latest figures show more people are using opiates and crack cocaine in the South West

Buying crack

A recovering former Ilford crackhead told The Sun: “There are six or seven dealers in Ilford. They give it to you free to start with. One of the kids that drops the drugs off is no more than 12 years old.”

The man, in his 20s, then handed over a “rock” of crack in exchange for £15. Users later told me the rock would be enough to smoke six pipefuls of the highly addictive drug. Lab tests by pharmaceutical analyst Anca Frinculescu confirmed the substance was crack cocaine.
Experts have warned of a sharp rise in use of the drug among young people and middle-class professionals, saying it is easier to order than a pizza.

Then, in broad daylight and despite signs warning of 24-hour CCTV, I gave him £15 for a rock of crack — and was unexpectedly given £5 change. Despite the wait, it took just 21 minutes and 49 seconds from ordering the drug on the phone to receiving the rock. A lab test again confirmed it was crack cocaine.
Harry Shapiro, director of information service DrugWise and a Government adviser, said: “It doesnt surprise me you bought crack so quickly. We live in an instant delivery culture. There’s no reason that shouldn’t apply to drugs as it does to pizzas or taxis.”
Dialling the “Five” number again four days later, I asked to buy one “white” and asked to meet at the same junction in Ilford. A different man, wearing a puffer jacket, arrived by bike and I waited while a queue of other users bought drugs from him behind a row of garages.
The dealing operation — known locally as Five because of a number of ‘5’ digits in the phone number — was also offering “white and brown” deals of crack and heroin for £25.
Crack, so called due to its cracking or popping sound when heated, is white or yellow crystallised cocaine that is usually smoked. Inhaling its fumes means it hits the brain almost at once. The intense high lasts ten or so minutes, often leaving users craving another hit.

County lines drug lords are also spreading the sale of crack outside London to major cities such as Liverpool, Manchester and Birmingham.

DEADLY crack cocaine can be bought on the streets of Britain in just 228 seconds, a Sun investigation reveals today. Experts have warned of a sharp rise in use of the drug among young people and middle-class professionals, saying it is easier to order than a pizza.