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Mixmag survey: Night club drug use soaring

  |   March 18, 2012 at 11:58 PM
LONDON, March 18 (UPI) -- Amongst night clubbers in Britain, Mephedrone use in the last year rose 20 percent and for Ketamine it is close to 50 percent, a survey indicated.

The Guardian/Mixmag poll of 15,500 people in the United States and Britain admitted taking marijuana more often than tobacco or energy drinks, but those who defined themselves as "clubbers" were more likely to take ecstasy than smoke cigarettes.

Maryon Stewart, founder of the Angelus Foundation in England and the Amy Winehouse Foundation, which want to add drug education onto the national curriculum in Britain, said the Mixmag survey painted an even more alarming picture than many suspected.

"The heavy use of these drugs by clubbers has already seeped out in to the rest of young people's normal lives, where these unknown drugs are easily accessible," Stewart said in a statement. "The case for an education campaign is unanswerable."

The survey indicated a culture of young people using multiple drugs at a time fueled by the emergence of new club drugs and "legal highs," Stewart and Mitch Winehouse said.

The survey also found one-fifth of young drug users admit to taking "mystery white powders" without any idea what they contain. In addition, alcohol was used regularly by almost all drug users.

The survey involved 70 percent men and 30 percent women. Eighty-three percent were heterosexuals, about 90 percent were white, 75 percent worked and 55 percent had at least college.

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