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. I wanted a comparative to see how the UK fares as regards the increasing prevalence of cocaine usage and its attendant troubles.
We see it in the news frequently enough, with celebrities and public personalities being caught out with a problem and doing their willing (or not so willing) stint in rehab.
I’ve also worked with families to help their loved ones with this issue and have seen first hand that actual results can be gotten. It takes work and is not easy, but the seemingly unshakable grip this drug can take over some of the most dynamic, loving people can be broken.
Here’s how the prevalence of cocaine usage breaks down today on a global scale—you may or may not be surprised that between the UK and Ireland we claim 4 of the top 10 spots:
1. Albania. 2.5 percent of the country apparently uses cocaine per a study done by the Telegraph.
Case in point: some of the largest gangs supplying London and the UK with cocaine are Albanian—known for their violence and social media posts prominently displaying guns, cash and drugs.
2. Scotland. 2.34
Number two in the entire world. With a population of 5.4 million that comes to over 125,000 users.
3. United States. 2.3 percent.
Well that’s not surprising particularly considering the US is a major market for pretty much every kind of narcotic in the world today. It’s also logistically convenient to the major cocaine producing nations in South America.
4. England and Wales. 2.25 percent.
The home front. With a combined population of approximately 56.1 million, this comes to over 1.2 million cocaine users. That’s an eye opener. From corporate culture usage in business meetings in The City, to scoring “gear” by the pub loo, cocaine usage in England and Wales continues to rise across an array of users—from artists and businessmen, to youth, partygoers and young professionals.
5. Spain. 2.2 percent.
Spain has become Europe’s top inceptor of cocaine shipments, and seizures have increased 5,000 percent since 1987.
In 1987 Spanish police destroyed 1 ton of cocaine. This was the year the first entry of cocaine into Spain via Galicia was noted and registered officially by police. While this may have seemed significant at the time, last year this figure has skyrocketed to 50 tons destroyed.
For the past 10 years Spain and the UK have topped the list of cocaine consuming countries throughout the European Union.
6. Australia. 2.1 percent.
Cocaine usage in Australia is currently at the highest levels since 2003, when the Annual Drug Trends reports began.
7. Uruguay. 1.8 percent.
This South American Nation has a population of 3.4 million, which translates into about 61,000 users. Uruguay is roughly 1,200 miles from Bolivia which is one of the top three cocaine producing nations in the world.
8. Chile. 1.73 percent.
With a population slightly over 18 million, Chile has 300,000 cocaine users. Chile borders both Peru and Bolivia—two of the top three cocaine producing nations internationally.
9. Netherlands. 1.76
Netherlands is home to the port of Rotterdam, the largest seaport in Europe and potential shipment point for cocaine travelling from South America to Europe for distribution and sale through the EU and UK.
10. Ireland. 1.5.
Per report, the number of individuals being treated for cocaine addiction in Ireland has risen by 60 percent in the last three years.
There you have it—between UK and Ireland we have taken 4 of the top 10 spots. I myself have seen the increasing number of families approaching Narconon with loved ones in their 20s, 30s and 40s suffering from cocaine addiction as usage across the boards continues to climb.
Interestingly enough, it all originates from nearly one spot geographically—Colombia, along with Bolivia and Peru produce nearly all of the world’s cocaine.
If you have a loved one suffering from cocaine addiction, we can potentially help.
Narconon lies on 3.6 hectares in the outskirts of Maynards Green in East Sussex. Here, in this clean and distraction-free setting, we offer the one-on-one care and personalised professional attention that is essential to long-term success.
We offer a rural, aesthetic and extremely private environment for clients suffering from cocaine addiction from Great Britain, and Europe as well as the Gulf nations.