Pensioners aged 90 and over are being admitted to hospital after taking cocaine, NHS research has revealed.
The report said ten elderly patients were taken to hospital with mental and behavioural disorders ‘due to the use of cocaine’.
The number of people admitted to hospital due to cocaine use within the nonagenarian group remains the same as last year, but it is a five-fold compared with two a decade ago, according to NHS Digital .
The analysis shows a whopping 88 per cent increase in the number of people, aged 60 and above, being treated for cocaine-related disorders in England.
It went from 45 people a year in 2009 to 379 people this year.
Dr Emily Finch, vice-chair of the addictions faculty at the Royal College of Psychiatrists, told the Sunday Times that the rise in the number of pensioners taking drugs was related to longer longevity, the increasing purity of the drug and the falling prices to purchase them.
She said the trend is ‘deeply worrying’.
Dr Finch added: “Many people don’t realise that cocaine use can cause mental health problems, resulting in people becoming so unwell they need to be admitted to hospital.”
Karen Tyrell, from drug charity Addaction, said: “We need to shift the narrative to let people know that it’s OK to ask for help or support at a much earlier stage.”
In April, Chancellor Sajid Javid accused middle-class users of playing key role in the drug problem.
He was quoted saying: “They may never set foot in a deprived area. They may never see an act of serious violence, but their illicit habits are adding fuel to the fire that is engulfing our communities.”