It must be true then. Apparently snorting cocaine is a "disease of the brain". This from The Telegraph-UK (article link):
Britain set to be flooded with cocaine, warns George W Bush's drugs tsar
Britain is likely to be flooded by cocaine from South America as demand for the drug declines in the US, George W Bush's drugs tsar has warned.
By Christopher Hope, Home Affairs Editor
Last Updated: 7:49PM BST 11 Sep 2008
John Walters said European countries such as Britain were now the destination of choice for South American drug producers like Venezuela.
Cocaine use was on the decline in the US, making Europe - where the street price of the drug can be twice as much as in America - far more attractive to drug barons.
"We have been troubled by European consumption. The danger is that the flow to Europe will expand," he said on a visit to London.
After a successful clampdown in Colombia, neighbouring Venezuela has now emerged as the cocaine capital of the world, shipping nearly 60 tonnes of the drug to Europe last year - a three-fold increase in just seven years.
Europe was an attractive market for the drugs barons because the street price of cocaine is twice that in America, Mr Walters said, ahead of talks with Home Secretary Jacqui Smith and the Serious Organised Crime Agency.
Venezuelan officials have argued they are taking drug trafficking seriously and point to large seizures in recent years.
But Mr Walters was dismissive. "It's like in Casablanca - round up the usual suspects," he said.
"Venezuela is becoming a safe haven so that distributors can set up and use. But if Venezuela played ball [with the US] it would cut off supply to Europe."
Earlier this year a UN report partly blamed the police and courts for doing little to curb the appeal of cocaine by treating celebrities "leniently'' and failing to make an example of them.
Kate Moss, the fashion model, escaped prosecution following the publication of photographs purporting to show her snorting cocaine.
Mr Walters said that impressionable young professionals in their 20s were being sucked into drug addiction because celebrities were using them and not coming to any harm.
Mr Walters, who has been director of the National Drug Control Policy at the White House since 2001, said: "I am surprised by cocaine use here. We found out the hard way how addictive it is.
"I am surprised that cocaine is still seen by well educated and well informed people as something to be toyed with.
"It is favoured by young people who see it being used by fashion models and actors. People follow the actresses and models and then they do it too.
"Young people are feeling invincible and that they are fine doing it. But it is like Russian roulette. There is a live round in the chamber and it will take your brain.
Americans had "found out the hard way" in the 1980s how addictive and dangerous cocaine could be, he said, describing the drug as a "nightmare poison".
He said that snorting cocaine was not "risk free drug use". He added: "This is a disease of the brain."
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