Prevalence of Last-Year Powder Cocaine Use in England and Wales Among People Aged 16 to 59

"As in recent years, the second most commonly used drug in the last year among adults aged 16 to 59 was powder cocaine (2.3% in the 2016/17 survey, equating to around 760,000 people). Powder cocaine was also the second most commonly used drug among young adults aged 16 to 24 (4.8% or around 297,000 young adults) after cannabis. Both proportions remained similar to the previous year (2.2% of 16 to 59 year olds and 4.4% of 16 to 24 year olds in the 2015/16 survey). This trend is illustrated in Figure 1.3.

"Powder cocaine use among 16 to 59 year olds rose between the 1996 and 2000 survey years (0.6% to 2.0%), driven by a sharp increase among the 16 to 24 age group (1.3% to 5.2%). These increases were followed by slower rises to reach a peak in the 2008/09 survey for both 16 to 59 and 16 to 24 year olds: three per cent and 6.5 per cent respectively.

"There was a statistically significant increase in powder cocaine use for 16 to 59 year olds in the 2016/17 survey compared with the 1996 survey (0.6%), although there was a statistically significant decrease compared with a decade ago in the 2006/07 survey (6.1%). Since the 2009/10 survey year, the trend in powder cocaine use among 16 to 59 year olds has remained relatively flat, fluctuating between 1.9 and 2.4 per cent."


Drug Misuse: Findings from the 2016/17 Crime Survey for England and Wales. Statistical Bulletin 11/17. National Statistics. Home Office. July 2017.