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Ireland'The cocaine trade is booming': 54% of Irish people who use cocaine want to cut down

09:30  16 may  2019
09:30  16 may  2019 Source:   thejournal.ie

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'The cocaine trade is booming': 54% of Irish people who use cocaine want to cut down © Shutterstock DedMityay

A SELF-FUNDED SURVEY of illegal drug use in countries across the world has found that 54% of Irish respondents want to use less cocaine next year, and of this number 14% want help to do so.

This compares to a global average of 41.5% and 12.7% respectively.

Of the 3,363 people in Ireland who took part in the survey, 38.3% had reported using cocaine in the last 12 months.

Cocaine remains the most expensive commonly used drug in the world: the profit on a gram of cocaine from production in Colombia to point of sale in the EU is over 30,000%.

“The cocaine trade in 2019 is booming. While cocaine use can lead to dependence and numerous health harms including death, the cost of the failed international drug control system and the national policies that implement it are far greater.”

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The Global Drug Survey (GDS2019) asked over 123,000 people from over 35 countries across Europe, America, Australia and New Zealand questions about their drug-taking habits and compiled a comprehensive report on the subject.

It’s a self-funded study that aims to inform health policies for the benefit of people who use drugs and the wider community, it states.

Our work is increasingly recognised as a legitimate data source to better understand drug use and its impact on health around the world.

Of the total participants, 98.4% were white and 82.1% were in paid employment. The mean age of Irish respondents is 35, compared to the global mean of 29.4.

Although mostly focused on illegal drugs, it also includes questions on alcohol and tobacco: this year’s study found that half of all drinkers in India, Finland and Ireland wanted to drink less.

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Cocaine takes effect quickly and wears off quickly, giving people who use it a tendency to want to use more, often over a short period of time. The purity of the cocaine used also has a large influence on whether a person develops stimulant use disorder. Cocaine purchased in underground

People who purchase cocaine off the street — which is essentially the only option that most users have — are rarely getting pure cocaine . The drug is typically diluted with at least one foreign substance during the manufacturing process to increase profits, and additional substances may be added at

What’s noteworthy about the study?

As part of GDS2019, the first ever international evaluation of cannabis labels was carried out, which warns of the side effects related to the use of THC-containing cannabis.

GDS2019 adapted four health messages developed by the Canadian government and added two messages on side effects based on common reasons that prompted people to quit: effects on memory and motivation.

'The cocaine trade is booming': 54% of Irish people who use cocaine want to cut down © GDS2019

The survey asked 55,000 people who had used cannabis in the last year whether they believed the warnings and whether they were more likely to smoke less as a result.

By and large, across all ages and genders, the respondents believed the advertisements, but most said that the information wasn’t new and they weren’t less likely to smoke as a result of it.

The majority of respondents said they would also be happy to see these messages on legally purchased cannabis products (58.9%).

58.6% of Irish respondents reported ever having used cannabis. Over one quarter of cannabis users in Ireland reported almost daily use, which the report said was “suggestive of dependent use”. 78.7% reported mixing cannabis with tobacco.

In response to a question posed to recent drug users (the past 12 months) on whether they have encountered police in relation to their drug use in the last 12 months, 18.7% of Irish respondents said they had.

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