More Women Seeking Addiction Treatment for Cocaine

The number of young women in England seeking treatment for cocaine addiction has increased by nearly two-thirds, figures have revealed. Cocaine addiction is now the fastest-growing problem among women under 35 who use drugs, NHS statistics show.

The Press Association reports that in the last four years, the total number of women of child-bearing age seeking treatment has increased from 790 to 1,261. The number of men seeking cocaine addiction treatment is also up—from 3,024 in 2005 to 5,263.

Rosa O'Connor, director of the National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse (NTA), said official figures also showed that fewer women seeking treatment for crack and heroin addiction.

"It is good news that women are turning away from heroin and crack, the most problematic drugs, but we are concerned by the increase in cocaine dependence," she said.

She also warned of the dangers for women using cocaine and alcohol together, as this could damage their fertility, and cause paranoia and heart problems.

The price of cocaine has plummeted in recent years, along with its purity. Earlier this year the UK was dubbed the cocaine capital of Europe in a United Nations report, which found there were more than one million regular users of the drug.

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Posted on December 4th, 2009

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