PENSIONERS aged 90 and over are being taken to hospital after taking cocaine.
Ten people aged between 90 and 99 were admitted with mental disorders due to the use of cocaine last year, shocking new NHS Digital figures show.
Experts put the rise in OAPs using the drug down to existing users living longer[/caption]
This compared to two a decade ago.
Forty five people a year aged 60 or over were treated in hospital in England for cocaine related disorders ten years ago but that number has soared to 379, reports The Sunday Times.
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Experts last night put the rise down to existing users living longer, the increasing purity of the drug as well as falling prices.
Dr Emily Finch, of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, described the rise as “deeply worrying”.
She said: “Many people don’t realise that cocaine use can cause mental health problems, resulting in people becoming so unwell they need to be admitted to hospital.”
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Cocaine use is reaching epidemic levels in Britain, with the UK branded the ‘Coke capital’ of Europe.
Use has doubled in the last five years, and with young people the numbers are even worse.
A staggering one in five 16-to-24-year-olds have taken cocaine in the last year.
That’s why The Sun has launched its End Of The Line campaign, calling for more awareness around the drug.
Cocaine use can cause mental health problems such as anxiety and paranoia, while doctors have linked the rise in cheap, potent coke to an increase in suicide rates.
People from all walks of life, from builders and labourers to celebrities like Jeremy McConnell – who is backing our campaign – have fallen foul of its lure.
It’s an issue that is sweeping the UK and, unless its tackled now, means a mental health crisis is imminent.
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British pensioners aged 90 and over are being admitted to hospital after taking cocaine