this artical was taken from the metro news paper on the 18th march 2008 i ment to post it sooner but had computer problems the metro is published in london by the everning standard and given out free on the tube in the mornings this artical was writen as an exclusive by john higginson this artical mentions prices which in the past i have been told are ok to post if they are in an atual exsisting newes artical or published story.
a line of cocaine is now as cheap as a pint of beer after the latest alcohol tax rises took effect yesterday. an average pint in britain topped £3 last night following a 4p rise in the budget - making it the same price as a line of cocaine, acording to official govenment figures.
in london the average price of a pint at £4.06 is dearer than a hit of heroin. a line of speed or the cannabis resin for a spliff now costs the same as just two cigarettes, acording to separate figures released by the independent drug monitoring unit, which provides street prices for evidence in couts.
the average price of an ecstasy pill is now £2.91, with some costing as little as £1, while an average hit of heroin is just £3.50.
the charity drugscop, which has seen a sharp rise in cocaine use, warned it was now cheaper to spend an evening bingeing on cocain than to spend a night in the pub.
spokesman harry shapiro said: 'the tax on alcohol has been going up and up while the price of cocaine has been coming down. there comes a point when the lines cross and it may well be that point is now. 'i don't like comparing a line with a pint of beer because cocaine isn't sold by the line but, if you're asking me if it now costs no more to have a night on cocaine as it does on alcohol, unfortunately i'd have to say yes.'
over the past ten years, the price of cocaine has droped from £77 a gram to £45, while heroin has fallen from £74 to £53.
the campaign for real ale said: 'the latest tax increase will drive people away from community pubs, which help discourage the problem, to drink cheap supermarket alcohol at home, in streets and in parks.'
shadow home secretary david davis added: 'under labour, hard drugs have become cheaper and more easily available than at any point in history.' the home office refuted claimes that low drug prices neccessarialy meant they were more widley available. a spokesman said: 'reductions in the price of drugs may be associated with increased competition or reduced demand, not just increased availability. 'the relationship between drug prices and drug use is not straight forward. for exsample, despite historically low prices for ecstacy, the british crime survey showes its prevalence has declined.'
this month a un report condememned britain's celebrity 'endorsed' drug-related lifestyles and said cocaine use hear was among the highest in europe, along with spain and italy.
a study last year of 8,300 people under 45 showed that taking cocaine doubled the risk of a stroke, while taking speed or crystal meth increased the risk by five times.
part of the artical is the costs compared sources idmu and govt figures,
pint of beer: £3
20 cigarettes: £5.66
line of cocaine: £3
ecstasy tablet: £2.91
line of speed: 63p
hash spliff: 90p
skunk spliff: £1.70
hit of heroin: £3.50