According to a survey conducted by Edinburgh University and Crew (2000) drug abuse was most commonly seen among the individuals belonging to the age group of 18 to 24 years for the year 2000 in the UK. According to this report, use of drugs among the youth of today has become a vital part of dance and youth culture in the U. K. Drugs most commonly used on the dance floor were found to be ecstasy (being used by 82%), amphetamines (being used by 81%), cocaine (being used by 39%) and LSD (being used by 30%) in this survey.
The British Crime Survey (2005) found that on the overall basis the most commonly abused drugs in the U. K were cannabis followed by cocaine and ecstasy for the year 2004. On the other hand, the British crime survey, for the year 2006-2007 shows that the use of illicit drugs among the young people aged 16-24 years in U. K has decreased from 11. 6% in (2002-2003) to 8. 3% for the year 2006-2007.
The use of drugs like cannabis, amphetamines and LSD, as measured by the British crime Survey (2007) amongst the young people has been observed to be stabilized over the past ten years (since the year 1997). However the use of cocaine among the youth in the U. K was seen to rise. Low costs and increased availability of cocaine have been held responsible for this . The findings of British Crime Survey (2007) also show that overall rates of drug related crime had stabilized in England and Wales over the year 2006.