Cocaine is a substance which has been glamourised by mainstream media over the years. Positioned frequently with success, money, business, fame and dynamic accomplishment.
The top 10 cocaine using countries in the world. The UK claims 3 of the top 10 spots. Recently I was curious and started looking into the top countries internationally as regards cocaine usage.
Where do I start my story? When my son was about 15/16 years old he started giving us trouble at home. He became volatile, critical and sour to have around. It kind of crept up slowly though—not an overnight thing. He had friends I didn’t like and he lied a lot, which I would find out about later.
London, we have a problem. Massive. Actually its not just London. It's Bristol, Manchester, Crawley and many other major urban settings throughout the UK as well. Cocaine related deaths in the UK have more than doubled in the past 4 years.
It’s a beautiful day on the beaches of southern Spain. The sun is shinning, the sky is clear. You can see the perfect outline of Gibraltar and Morocco. But the placidity of the water where the Mediterranean Sea meets the Atlantic Ocean is a paradox, when you know what really goes on after sunset.
There has been a lot written about cocaine recently, especially with the advent of the internet. Distribution of articles and notes about it, where it comes from, how its use expanded after the 1960’s and much more can be found on the much-loved site, Wikipedia. The articles therein are written by anyone and everyone for publication to a wider audience. Much is said about its addictive properties, the downsides of its use, the heartbreak caused to families where a cocaine addict resides and the deaths from overdosing on it. I make no apologies for writing even more.
While there are rituals that users go through when doing cocaine, the drug itself is sometimes misunderstood by those who use it—what it is and what effect it will have, both good and bad. One of its main attributes of cocaine use is its ability to take you up high and then on the other side, to take you down.
It has been seen in cinemas, in your living room, on the television, in magazines and even described in books. The moderately well-off person, all the way to the extremely rich are utilizing a dangerous substance to give them the upper hand and the edge to be the best. A white powder designed to mimic energy, confidence, and euphoria, but with every sniff or snort it tears away at the individual physically and mentally.
I’ve been fortunate enough to work for various organizations over the past decade, including the upper levels of the legal sector, the financial sector and a FTSE 100 events business.
In the past 5 years, deaths in the UK relating to heroin have risen strikingly . How does one identify the signs of heroin use in a family member, a friend or colleague, or a loved one? Heroin is an opiate which acts quickly. A surge of euphoria arrives within seconds.