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Cocaine and Crack: An Introduction

  • Philip Bean

Abstract

In the late 1980s dire predictions were made of a new drug crisis in Britain. The drug was cocaine, with ‘crack’ its potent derivative. The Sunday Times (7 January 1990) warned that Britain faced a cocaine epidemic, as Columbian drug barons found it increasingly difficult to smuggle drugs into the saturated United States market, and pointed out that Britain had become the final destination for huge consignments of Columbian cocaine which were shipped direct from South America into Europe or through the United States. The Sunday Times added somewhat pointedly that customs seizures for cocaine reached 420 kg or 935 lb in 1989, up 50 per cent on 1988. And, for good measure, it added that crack was ten times more addictive than cocaine.

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