“Aggressive marketing” by drug dealers who send out targeted text messages and give free samples could be one of the reasons for a rise in crack cocaine use in England, researchers have said.
The drug is reported to have become more commonly used by students, clubbers and professionals.
Government research said there may now be “less stigma” about the highly-addictive form of cocaine.
“Less capacity” by police to target dealers was also said to be an issue.
The study, published by the Home Office and Public Health England, set out to examine the reasons for a “statistically significant” estimated increase in crack