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

"As in recent years, the next most commonly used drug in the last year by adults aged 16 to 59 was powder cocaine (2.3% in the 2014/15 survey). By contrast, powder cocaine is the third most commonly used drug among young adults aged 16 to 24 (4.8%), after ecstasy (see below). Compared with the previous year, both proportions have remained similar (2.4% among 16 to 59 year olds and 4.2% among 16 to 24 year olds in the 2013/14 survey).
"Powder cocaine use among 16 to 59 year olds rose sharply between the 1996 and 2000 surveys (0.6% to 2.0%), driven by an even sharper increase among the 16 to 24 age group (1.3% to 5.2%). These sharp increases were followed by slower increases to a peak in the trends for both age groups in the 2008/09 survey: 3.0 per cent among 16 to 59 year olds and 6.5 per cent among 16 to 24 year olds. Although the latest figures from the 2014/15 survey represent increases for both age groups compared with the 1996 survey, both are significantly lower compared with the 2008/09 figures.
"While the estimates from the 2014/15 survey for both age groups are significantly higher than the 2012/13 survey, the estimates from 2012/13 look to be out of line with recent results. The estimates from the 2014/15 survey are not statistically significantly different from those seen in the 2013/14 and 2011/12 surveys, which suggests that the fall in cocaine usage since 2008/9 may be levelling out.


"Drug Misuse: Findings from the 2014/15 Crime Survey for England and Wales" (London, England: Home Office Statistics Unit, July 2015), p. 3.