Heroin Use Declining in Scotland – But Cocaine use is on the Rise

Heroin Use Declining in Scotland – But Cocaine use is on the Rise

The Scottish Drugs Misuse Database(SDMD) has reported that there is some good news regarding the yearly heroin consumption of the Scottish population. There is a strong decline under the younger users.

In comparison to ten years ago – the number of under-25 users has gone down by more than 50 percent. In 2008 – nearly 60 percent of the youth in the SDMD had been reported to use heroin. 10 years later – this number is not even reaching 25 percent of the youth.

The overall consumption of the heroin and other injectable drugs intake in Scotland has also been declining- as it declined from nearly one in three drug takers – to less than one in 5 drug takers.

This could be a side effect from the increase of fentanyl use throughout the United Kingdom. Fentanyl is a drug that could be used as a replacement for heroin – it is also an opioid that could be considered even stronger than heroin. This is often taken orally .

Also, the increase of consumption of crack cocaine and cocaine has gone up – which could be another reason for the decline in heroin users in Scotland. Currently, nearly one in five people in the database have reported to use crack cocaine. The reason for the increase in use of cocaine is due to an increase in purity and decreasing cocaine price throughout Europe.  Since cocaine cutting agents have been made illegal – it is easier for dealers to sell It pure.

The population of Scotland that is currently in treatment of drugs tends to be a majority of people over 35 years of age. This is representative for the ageing of the drug using population, and that younger people are less likely to use drugs in the future.

In most NHS Board Areas in Scotland, the most used drugs are Diazepam, cannabis and heroin – there are only two areas that have cocaine in the top three most used drugs. Another statistic that is very worrying- is that in Fife, more than two-thirds of drug users are heroin users.

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