The National Post reports in its Saturday, May 18, edition that Canada ranks second in the world for cocaine use and third for drunkenness, according to a new study.
The Post's Bobby Hristova writes that more than 130,000 people across 36 countries took part in the Global Drug Survey, led by Dr. Adam Winstock, an addiction medicine specialist, and his colleagues in London.
Canadians' median usage of cocaine was 10 days a year, according to the study, which surveyed 1,960 people in the country. That is almost once a month and close to double the global answer of six days a year. Canadians reported using half a gram of cocaine, which matches the average worldwide.
"It's not a surprise," said Susan Bondy, an associate professor at the University of Toronto. "We sit high for drug and alcohol use in a lot of these studies." Scotland ranked No. 1 for cocaine use at 12 days a year, and Brazil, Italy, Portugal, Denmark and England tied Canada for second place.
However, six of 10 Canadians who use the drug want to cut back.
Despite cocaine being known as an expensive drug, it is relatively affordable in Canada. It costs about $85 per gram here compared with the global average of $120, according to the report.
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