Specialist Detox Clinic

Drug Misuse: Findings from the 2012 to 2013 Crime Survey for England and Wales (ONS, 2013)4

  • Around 1 in 12 (8.2%) adults had taken an illicit drug (excluding mephedrone) in the last year.  This equates to around 2.7 million people;
  • 2.6% of adults aged 16 to 59 had taken a Class A drug in the last year (equivalent to almost 850,000 people);
  • Cannabis was the most commonly used drug, with 6.4% of adults aged 16 to 59 using it in the last year;
  • The next most commonly used drugs in the last year were powder cocaine (1.9%) and ecstasy (1.3%). Along with cannabis, these were also the most used drugs in 2011/12;
  •  For all adults, the use of mephedrone in the last year has fallen from 1.1% in 2011/12 to 0.5% in 2012/13;