Pensioners aged 90 and over are being admitted to hospital after taking cocaine as treatment for drug-related mental health disorders among the over-sixties soars
- Ten elderly pensioners took cocaine last year compared to two a decade ago
- Among the over-sixties the number admitted has octupled to 379 people
- NHS Digital figures revealed the record ‘worrying rise’ in hospital admissions
Pensioners aged 90 and over are being admitted to hospital after taking cocaine as treatment for drug-related mental health disorders also soars among the over sixties, the latest NHS figures reveal.
Ten elderly patients were hospitalised after using the class A drug last year, compared to just two a decade ago, the NHS Digital report on hospitals in England revealed.
And among those aged 60 and over the number admitted has octupled in the last ten years from 48 ten years ago to 379 people last year.
The report also exposed how a record 15,423 cases were dealt with by hospitals last year, with admissions up ninety per cent compared to 2013 – 14.
Pensioners aged over 90 are being admitted to hospital after taking cocaine as treatment for drug-related mental health disorders (stock image)
NHS digital figures also revealed that cocaine-related admissions have risen by ninety per cent since 2013 – 14, as shown in the graph above
Dr Emily Finch from the Royal College of Psychiatrists told The Sunday Times that the rise was ‘deeply worrying’.
‘Many people don’t realise that cocaine use can cause mental health problems, resulting in people becoming so unwell they need to be admitted to hospital,’ she said.
Home Office figures showed that the number of deaths involved in cocaine use doubled in three years in 2018 to 637.
Steve Rolles, a senior policy analyst at Transform Drug Policy Foundation, told The Sun that this change could be due to people switching to cocaine as it becomes cheaper.
‘These findings tally with the rising purity and availability of cocaine we have seen in recent years’, he said.
‘Quite simply, the drug is two or three times more potent than it was, but is no more expensive.
‘It means the amount of drugs people are exposing themselves to is also increasing. The more you take, the greater the risk of harm.’
And among the over-sixties the number of cocaine-related admissions has also octupled in the last ten years from 48 to 379 people (stock image)
Online the NHS warns that cocaine can overstimulate the heart and nervous system, which can cause a heartattack.
If snorted, it can also damage the cartilage of your nose over time and, if injected, the national health provider said your veins and body tissues can be seriously damaged.
Government advice online also said that possessing the class A drug could land someone up to seven years in prison, an unlimited fine or both.
If convicted of supply or production a person could be imprisoned for life, receive an unlimited fine, or both.