The total economic and social cost of Class A drug use in England and Wales is more than £15 billion a year, Home Office figures showed today.
According to its official study on problem drug use, the cost of each “problematic drug user” equates to more than £44,000 every year.
The Home Office statistics also show that the illegal drug market in England and Wales is worth more than £4.5 billion.
This figure rises to more than £5 billion for the UK as a whole.
The costs of drug-related crime, health service use, drug-related deaths and associated social care were all examined in the survey to provide an estimate of the total economic cost of Class A drug use.
£15bn cost over Britain’s drug use