According to the latest British Crime Survey, one in three adults in England and Wales have used illicit drugs in their lifetime, with almost 3 million adults breaking the law to do so in the past year alone. In our latest blog we take a brief look at how the drug of choice have changed over the decades.
1950s – Alcohol
There was only 317 reported addicts to “manufactured” drugs in Britain, with this the idea of the alcoholic was born.
1960’s – LSD
In 1966 the government was urged to outlaw the drug by two national newspapers as the countercultures drug of choice, LSD, was perceived to be such a threat to society. It could be said that it is responsible for kick starting the inner awareness that led people into areas such as natural healing, yoga and meditation.
1970s – Cannabis
By 1979 Cannabis use had hit its peak, famed for being a relaxant and enabling creativity. For a lot of young people at the time it was seen as a forbidden fruit, however these days it has become much more main stream.
1980s – Heroin
With the birth of the “trainspotting” generation came Heroin. Although pure opium first arrived in the UK back in 1693 it wasn’t until the 80s with a sudden influx of cheap heroin from Pakistan that it really took off.
1990s – Ecstasy
In the home office estimated that 1.5 million tablets were being popped every weekend in 1995. That same year Leah Betts died four hours after taking the drug, and her haunting image made front-page news.
2000s – Cocaine
The UK was branded “Europe’s Cocaine Capital” by the UN, with the number of users rising from 25% between 2008 and 2009, peaking at 1million.
2010s – “Legal Highs”
While cocaine, Ecstasy and cannabis remain Britain’s most popular drugs, new “legal highs” and other synthetic drugs are appearing on the market at a rate of one a week, meaning 10% of Brits have now tried them. By taking a banned substance and tweaking just one chemical a drug can easily become legal.
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