Most young people around the world are victims of drug addiction, but in the UK now the elderly are falling prey to it. A large number of elderly people in the UK are being hospitalized due to cocaine addiction. Media reports are giving information about this by quoting the figures. Drugs commonly associated with workers and youth are now increasingly affecting the mental health of the elderly. NHS figures show that last year there were 517 cases of people over the age of 60 being hospitalized for mental and behavioral problems associated with cocaine use.
According to the news of The Sun, this figure is 25 percent more than in 2020 and is double compared to five years ago. At the same time, the number of people of all ages admitted has fallen from 15,060 before the pandemic to 12,470 in 2021. Last year’s NHS England data showed 8 people aged 90 and 15 in their 80s were hospitalized for cocaine-related reasons.
3.6 million have used cocaine at some point
This was revealed by an increase in the number of elderly people seeking treatment from the NHS to overcome drug addiction. Recent data shows that 336 people aged 60 years or older are seeking treatment for their cocaine habit. This figure shows an increase of 219, over 50 per cent, compared to five years ago. Official estimates suggest that some 3.6 million people in England and Wales have used cocaine at some point in their lives.
Second most popular drug after ganja
Last year 987,000 people used it. It is the second most popular drug in the country after ganja. Coca leaves are most commonly used to make cocaine. The illicit drug trade is worth about $400 billion worldwide. In terms of cocaine, its biggest market is America and Europe, but now its hobby is increasing in countries like India and China too.