Cocaine can be delivered to your door more quickly than a takeaway pizza in England and Scotland, a shock survey has found.
Over a third of cocaine users who were quizzed said they could get the drug delivered within half an hour.
Only 12 percent of people in England and 19 percent of Scots said they could get a pizza in the same time frame.
The results place England and Scotland fifth and sixth respectively in the world rankings for use of the class A drug, according to the 2018 Global Drug Survey.
The report said dealers were competing for customers not only through product quality but through the speed of delivery, with easy access and higher purity “likely to lead to escalating use and harms among people.”
The report said: “With many cities covered with CCTV cameras, traditional street dealing is becoming less attractive to many suppliers and consumers.”
“On the other hand, darknet markets allow drugs to be delivered through your letterbox and the rise of encrypted social media platforms makes ordering relatively safe.”
“Thus, it’s not surprising that the next customer service upgrade was going to be the growth of sophisticated and rapid drug delivery services in many of our big cities.”
The report surveyed 130,000 drug users across 44 countries, including more than 5,000 in the UK, about recreational drug use and its impact on health.
Drug users in England were found to consume the second highest amount of cocaine in a single session (0.7 grams), beaten only by Scotland globally.
The report also found a lack of awareness of the health risks associated with drinking alcohol.
A fifth (20.5 percent) of the 3,600 English people surveyed did not believe the warning that most people get little or no health benefit from moderate alcohol use.
Nine percent of people asked in England did not believe that alcohol consumption is directly linked to cancer, while almost two thirds (65 percent) of women under the age of 25 were unaware of the risks.
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