A UN report on drugs has officially declared Britain the cocaine capital of Europe.
According to a Daily Mail report, over 900,000 Britons buy cocaine, which means the country has overtaken Spain as the biggest user in the continent. In addition, Britain's 350,000 heroin users are the largest number in any country in Europe.
The annual survey from the UN's Office on Drugs and Crime also said that successful law and order campaigns to prevent their distribution, sale and consumption of drugs were proving to be quite effective, but added that the drop in drugs usage in many countries has left Britain exposed as a thriving drugs market.
The report found that cannabis use in this country had diminished since the reclassification of the drug - from Class B to less serious Class C - in 2004.
The growth in cocaine use came alongside evidence that the drug is now available more cheaply than ever before. Drugscope said after a survey last year that prices have dropped to 44 pounds a gram, nearly a third down on 65 pounds a gram in 2000.