In the Media

Crack use soars as price plunges

PUBLISHED May 16, 2005

Crack cocaine is being blamed for an alarming rise in the number of people seeking treatment for drug addiction, according to new research.

Figures to be published later this month by the Department of Health are expected to show that growing numbers of people are experimenting with crack for the first time while hooked on others drugs, especially heroin. Drug treatment agencies say there is now a "hidden population" of crack and cocaine addicts.