Home Department written question – answered on 4th February 2004.

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Photo of Dame Cheryl Gillan Dame Cheryl Gillan Shadow Minister of State (Home Office)

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of people in England and Wales who take (a) heroin, (b) marijuana, (c) cocaine and (d) ecstasy.

Photo of Caroline Flint Caroline Flint Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)

The British Crime Survey (BCS) provides figures on use among adults aged 16 to 59 years of age in England and Wales. The 2002–03 BCS estimated that approximately 3.4 million adults had used marijuana, 640,000 had used cocaine and 610,000 had used ecstasy and 45,000 had used heroin in the previous 12 months.

Approximately one million people were estimated to have used class A drugs during the last year.

Estimated levels of drug use for those aged 16 to 59 years have remained the same since 2001–02.

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