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Cocaine - Prices & Frequency of use (1999)

 

Range of Cocaine Gram Prices 1999

Cocaine gram - 1999 prices by region

Group:

Count:

Mean:

Std. Dev.:

Std. Error:

London

115

58.14

68.23

6.36

South East

60

50

10.89

1.41

South West

80

49.81

12.93

1.45

East Anglia

24

48.75

14.01

2.86

Midlands

30

42

14.83

2.71

Wales

22

47.55

10.63

2.27

Yorks/Humbs

15

46.67

12.91

3.33

North West

28

46.61

7.82

1.48

North East

6

45

5.48

2.24

Scotland

8

51.25

8.35

2.95

Other/not stated

18

38.39

19.52

4.6

Overall

406

50.55

38.1

1.89

 

Cocaine Ounce Prices

Group:

Count:

Mean:

London

6

340.83

South East

7

956.43

South West

6

626.67

East Anglia

2

950

Midlands

2

565

Wales

3

766.67

Yorks/Humbs

0

s

North West

2

525

North East

3

391.67

Scotland

0

s

Other/not stated

2

1100

Overall

33

674.39

Cocaine prices in 1999 were virtualy unchanged from previous years, at around 50 per gram.

Frequency of Use (cocaine)

Frequency

Count

% of responses

% of users

% excl missing

Overall %

EXP

350

30.70

39.37

21.03

16.11

OCC

253

22.19

28.46

15.20

11.64

REG

157

13.77

17.66

9.44

7.23

DAI

6

0.53

0.67

0.36

0.28

STO

123

10.79

13.84

7.39

5.66

NEV

251

22.02

28.23

15.08

11.55

MIS

1033

90.61

62.08

47.54

Total Ever

889

53.43

40.91

The proportion of drug users who have tried cocaine remains stable at around 50%, although this represents an increase since the early 1990s. Roughly 10% would use monthly or more often, but only 1.5% (3% of cocaine users) would use daily (see below). Cocaine use tends to be episodic, ranging from occasional use at parties, to heavy binge use followed by periods of abstinence.

Long Term Trends in cocaine use

Trends in Cocaine use 1984-99

Frequency of use

1984

1994

1997

1998

1999

Non/ex-users

50.40%

61.50%

61.70%

50.00%

53.96%

Experimental

30.10%

22.90%

22.40%

25.90%

21.03%

Occasional

15.50%

14.60%

14.60%

22.60%

23.08%

Weekly

0.80%

0.70%

0.60%

1.00%

1.56%

Daily

0%

0.40%

0.70%

0.40%

0.36%

 

Methodological Note - In 1999, the survey included a larger number of respondents from the London and Bristol areas attending free events, with a different demographic profile to sites in previous years.

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