Cocaine Can Be Delivered Quicker Than Pizza In Glasgow, Claims Survey
Cocaine can be delivered quicker than pizza in Glasgow, according to a new survey that has been released.
Over 1,000 cocaine users in England and 500 in Scotland were canvassed, producing results that indicated that more than a third of those surveyed thought they could have the Class A drug delivered to them within half an hour, Sky News reports.
Around 37.4 percent of Scots said that cocaine would arrive in 30 minutes, whereas only 19.8 percent thought that their pizza would come as quickly. The global average was that 30.3 percent said that the drug would arrive within that timescale, with 16.5 percent feeling the same about pizza delivery.
"OK, at first glance, this does not seem to fit in with the usual areas that Global Drug Survey chooses to explore;" reads the Global Drug Survey statement on the research.
"After all, we are a serious bunch of academics and we research things that we hope will help people use drugs more safely and to help craft optimal public health policies.
"But we also look more broadly at areas of interest to people who use drugs. And there is no doubt that home drug delivery is becoming more popular."
According to GDS, and in news that seems unlikely to come as a surprise to anyone, changing technologies have meant that sales of drugs have become increasingly covert.
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"With many cities covered with CCTV cameras, traditional street dealing is becoming less attractive to many suppliers and consumers," the statement continues.
"On the other hand, darknet markets allow drugs to be delivered through your letterbox and the rise of encrypted social media platforms makes ordering relatively safe.
"Thus, it's not surprising that the next customer service upgrade was going to be the growth of sophisticated and rapid drug delivery services in many of our big cities."
In fact, it appears that dealers treat their sales as competitive practices, in much the same way as businesses dealing with more legal commodities.
"Our findings show that illicit drugs like cocaine are just another commodity and that as with any competitive market place, a retailer with something to sell will look to maximise the purchase experience in order to gain a competitive edge over other suppliers," adds GDS.
"Big online retailers know that reducing the time between purchase and delivery is good for business. It reinforces your shopping habits. In fact, it's just like taking drugs - the quicker the onset of effect after consumption, the more addictive the drug.
"That's why smoking and injecting (which transfer a drug to your brain in under five seconds) have the highest potential for addiction (think of tobacco, heroin and crack). And for many drugs - the idea that you would like to use drugs just arrives in the head (with cocaine often preceded by a few drinks) and that desire is one that aims to be sorted immediately!"
The Global Drug Survey charts drug use all over the world and aims to 'make drug use safer' by ensuring information is made available to those who need it, spanning 'individuals, communities, health and policy organisations'.
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