£15bn cost over Britain’s drug use

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 | Metro.co.uk


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