Cocaine is delivered more quickly to your door than pizza in London – this is the outcome expected from the Global Drug Survey this year.
The mass anonymous survey is asking questions to shed light on the reality of drug use in the modern world and it’s particularly interested what role social media, smart phones and the dark web have.
One of the questions in the survey asks about how long it takes to get cocaine delivered to your door and then the same, but for pizza.
Professor Adam R Winstock, a consultant psychiatrist and founder of the survey, explained how increased CCTV cameras made traditional street dealing riskier for both buyers and sellers.
Winstock told The Independent:
With the darknet facilitating the delivery of drugs direct to people’s letter boxes and encrypted social media platforms allowing people to order in secret, it’s not surprising there’d be an impact on the speed of delivery.
Despite additional charges for swift drug delivery, the attraction of convenience and discretion means it makes sense for dealers to invest in premium delivery services.
With all this in mind, we decided to look at efficiency and speed of drug delivery across the world and to make a symbolic comparison, we’re using pizzas as a benchmark and cocaine as the test.
Alongside New York and Berlin, London is looking to be a drug capital, where it’s as popular as major fast-food sellers.
The survey, which looks to be eye-opening, is the largest of its kind in the world and is expected to receive hundreds of thousands of responses from dozens of countries.
For this year’s survey, researchers are asking people to anonymously; describe how they lost their ‘drug virginity’, see how drinkers are affected by alcohol labels, look at how cannabis smokers can quit and examine drug testing at festivals.
The terrifying effects cocaine can have on your heart were revealed in a gruesome experiment on the The Doctors.
The shocking footage shows the heart, outside of the body, still beating due to the illegal stimulant.
Here’s the video…
As well as beating independently, the heart in The Doctors’ video is about three times the size of a normal heart.
Dlated cardiomyopathy often causes the heart to become enlarged because it's having to pump harder than usual due to the cocaine.
If your heart is enlarged in this way, it can become stretched, leaving it unable to pump blood around the body efficiently, which can lead to heart failure.
Last year, the countries with the highest cocaine use were revealed - the statistics were compiled by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime - offering an insight into the worryingly widespread nature of the ‘glamorous’ yet dangerous drug.
Albania was ranked number one, followed closely by Scotland, the United States, England and Wales, showing cocaine is therefore much more rife than you might think within the UK.
Interestingly, the most infamous exporter of cocaine, Colombia, doesn't even make the top twenty, ranking at a relatively low number 34.
The Global Drug Survey closes at midnight on 7 January. To respond anonymously, click here.