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REGULAR USERS II

UK Drug Market Analysis Purchasing Patterns and Prices

 

Prices of drugs other than cannabis, including bulk prices, are included for the first time, in national and regional tables- April 1999

To download Regular Users 2 as a pdf click here for the text and here for the tables

Abstract

This study, the second in the series of IDMU Regular Users surveys, examined anonymous questionnaires completed by 1136 cannabis users to assess changes in patterns of use and prices of illicit drugs since previous surveys. Prices of drugs other than cannabis, including bulk prices, are included for the first time, in national and regional tables. Most drug prices had fallen compared to previous data from 1994 or 1995.

 

Purchasing patterns: Most users purchase drugs when they have money available, i.e. weekly, fortnightly or monthly. Daily purchase is only common among heroin users. Cannabis was purchased in amounts between 1/8oz (3.5g) and 1oz (28g) in 92% of cases.

Estimates of the market shares of different cannabis varieties reveal a substantial increase in consumption of domestically-produced cannabis, 80% of this being flowering tops, at the expense of imported herbal cannabis. Cannabis resin remains the most common form of the drug.

Incidence of use of other drugs was similar to, or lower than, in previous years, but with a significant increase in the lifetime prevalence of ecstasy and to a lesser extent amphetamine representing increased saturation of the ecstasy market. Very few respondents reported daily use of illicit drugs other than cannabis, confirming findings of previous surveys. However around 20% of respondents would use stimulants (amphetamine, ecstasy) and 10% use hallucinogens (LSD, mushrooms) on a monthly or weekly basis.

The value of the UK cannabis market is estimated between £1.7 billion and £9 billion per annum, by reference to reported arrest rates, drug purchasing behaviour, and cultivation and Home Office seizure and arrest statistics, suggesting approximately 2 1/4 million regular cannabis users using weekly or more often.

 

You may also be interested in Regular Users 1 - To download Regular Users 1 - click here for the text and here for the tables