05.15.2017
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Pure Cocaine Could Soon Be Flooding U.K. Streets

The high-potency powder drug has claimed the lives of two users so far.

Britain's drug scene is routinely in the news, and the headlines are never all that positive. 

In the last twelve months, the U.K. has seen waves of synthetic cannabinoids wash over prison populations; and droves of down-and-out nitrous dealers have been robbing hospitals and veterinary clinics in search of the banned (for humans anyway) laughing gas. Meanwhile, an illegal cannabis grow-op sprouted inside the otherwise family-friendly walls of LegoLand U.K at the beginning of this year.

Most recently, however, nearly 100 percent pure cocaine and heroin is thought to be responsible for the overdose deaths of at least two street users. And authorities have been quick to warn the rest of the U.K. 

As reported by the Eastbourne Herald:

"In a couple of cases the cocaine found to have been taken was nearly 100 percent pure. Now police have issued a warning through the drop-in centres for drugs users and the street community to beware of the ‘bad batch’ of drugs in circulation on the street."

Indeed, drug-related-deaths in the U.K. have seen an uptick in recent years. 

According to COMPLEX:

"Drugs were responsible for over 3,600 deaths in the U.K. in 2015, the highest one-year total recorded since the the Office for National Statistics began keeping records in the early 1990s." 

Similarly, data from the Global Drug Survey (GDS) shows the trade of better quality drugs first goes down online via Dark Net markets before the substances make their way to street dealers. 

Club drug MDMA, or "Molly," in particular is notably being sold in higher purity. According to the GDS, "2016 might [have been] the worst time to start taking MDMA in a generation. MDMA has never been so plentiful, more and more people are using it, with [2015] use among U.K. clubbers increasing from 68 percent to 80 percent."

Surely, if God can't save the queen, then perhaps such a higher power could do something to enrich the increasingly vulnerable lives of U.K. drug users. 

 

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