High flyers can get their noses burnt

Merton’s Drug and Alcohol Action team has issued a warning about the use of recreational drugs among affluent residents of the borough.

National data shows that 40 per cent of prosperous professionals and 41 per cent of better off executives aged 20-29 have used “any drug” in the last year, which is almost double the average rate (22 per cent) for other 20-29 year olds.

Two wards in Merton are in the top five per cent of affluent areas in the country and accommodate a large number of prosperous professionals and better off executives.

Substances popular within this group are cocaine, crack and alcohol. Anyone who would like any information or advice, can contact Cocaine Anonymous on 020 7284 1123 from 10am until 10pm or Alcoholics Anonymous on 0845 769 7555 24hours a day.

Cocaine and Crack on the body can seriously affect health and in some cases be fatal. Heart failure can happen to anyone taking crack or cocaine and actually increases the risk of having a heart attack by 23 times in the hour after use, especially if alcohol has been consumed as well.

Studies in America have shown that around 25 per cent of all heart attacks in 18-45 year olds are due to frequent cocaine or crack use.

Anybody who is concerned about someone in their family misusing drugs can contact FRANK. FRANK is a free national helpline available 24 hours a day and in 120 languages and will give help and advice to anyone concerned about drugs. Call FRANK on 0800 77 66 00.