Cocaine and cannabis abuse in the UK: psychological effects, social prevalence and treatment

O'Hagan, A. ORCID: 0000-0001-5361-8320 and Shiels, Z., 2020. Cocaine and cannabis abuse in the UK: psychological effects, social prevalence and treatment. Forensic Research and Criminology International Journal, 8 (1), pp. 31-40. ISSN 2469-2794

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Cocaine is amongst the most highly addictive drugs used worldwide and its expanding demand in the UK is causing it to become an increasingly, problematic drug.1 Cannabis abuse is a large scale phenomenon and its growth and cultivation within the UK has developed greatly throughout the years.2 Both cocaine and cannabis since their first use and identification, have both been found to have many different effects and long term risks to health, which is the reason for their illegality. This paper views aspects of their history and origin and their psychological effects on a user, both short-term and long-term. Using relevant statistics, this paper also considers how age, sex, environments and social situations can cause different levels of abuse of these drugs. A thorough understanding of the effects and prevalence of these two major illicit drugs, can allow treatment and prevention programmes to be constructed with a clearer understanding of their target groups.3 This review pursues a conclusion on whether these programmes can be sufficient in not only reducing the abuse of these illicit drugs, but to also bring about social change and to prevent subsequent divesting effects including homelessness and suicide from occurring as frequently as they do today.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Forensic Research and Criminology International Journal
Creators: O'Hagan, A. and Shiels, Z.
Publisher: MedCrave Group
Date: 2020
Volume: 8
Number: 1
ISSN: 2469-2794
Rights: ©2020 O’Hagan et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and build upon your work non-commercially.
Divisions: Schools > School of Science and Technology
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 24 Jan 2020 14:11
Last Modified: 24 Jan 2020 14:11

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