The number of crack cocaine and opiates in Bucks has been revealed by a recent Public Health England Report.

According to the report, 1,482 people in Bucks are using crack cocaine and opiates such as heroin and opiate based prescription drugs. In total, over 35,000 people across the South East use the drugs, a figure that has risen by over 5,000 in the last four years.

The number of people living across the South East between the ages of 15 – 24 using opiates and/or crack cocaine currently stands at over 3,600 – which is of particular concern to addiction treatment experts UKAT.

UKAT’s CEO Eytan Alexander said: “They’re seeking the feeling of euphoria at pocket money prices- crack rocks can be purchased for as little as a fiver with dealers available any time of day at the click of a button.

“Teenagers misusing crack and opiates at such an early age will not only suffer with the physical effects of the drugs, but the drugs could impact their education, overall achievement in life and expose them to a criminal environment at a young age, without full understanding of the risks and consequences of their actions.”