Kids As Young As 10 Take Drug
This is bad……
CHILDREN as young as TEN are being treated for cocaine addiction, figures revealed yesterday.
And the number of kids helped to kick coke has risen almost 65 PER CENT in three years.
More than 746 under-18s were nursed through their dependancy on the Class A drug in England this year – up from 453 in 2005/6.
The toll included 169 teens aged 14 to 16 and fourteen aged 12 to 14, the National Treatment Agency revealed.
Fifteen kids aged 12 or YOUNGER were treated last year for Class A drug use – including heroin, crack cocaine and ecstasy. Drug charities yesterday warned that cocaine had become “plentiful and affordable”.
Elliot Elam, of drug and alcohol treatment group Addaction, said: “We are concerned. We would like more funding for treating these kids.”
Lib Dem health spokesman Norman Lamb warned the “glamour” associated with cocaine was sending mixed messages to kids.