What does a kilo of a class A drug really cost ?
The principal subject in a police operation was recorded discussing a supply of Ketamine to be used to bulk up a Heroin shipment. He stated that he… ‘Knew a 14 year old girl to ‘test’ it on…’ What is the cost of a drug death?
He further boasted of delivering 14kgs of Heroin each two-week period. What social and economic costs are known? What is the cost in criminal activity and to victims?
An addict’s average daily consumption of heroin is 3.28 ‘wraps’ or £10. The majority of Heroin addicts are heavy drinkers and smokers. Greater than 80% are unemployed. 45% have a spouse or partner who is also addicted and 47% are responsible for children under 18.
Each drug-related death costs £1,144,000 in Social, Economic, Health and Criminal Justice costs.
Heroin use is a ‘’predictive’’ of involvement in acquisitive crime; addicts are 10 times more likely to be involved in crime than other sectors of society.
Take 1 Kilogram of Heroin supplied by a dealer each day. That would enable the dealer to make 10,000 ‘wraps’ or £10 bags. Average usage of heroin by a user is 3.28 bags per day. That means that this one dealer could supply 3048 addicts daily. 80% of Heroin addicts are unemployed from that group that would equate 2400 unemployed heroin addicts. Their average daily consumption and associated drinking and smoking leads to a shortfall in income of £1800 per month per unemployed addict.
This would mean 2400 users with a monthly shortfall in income of £1800 each. That means (2400 x £1800) = £4,320,000 to source MONTHLY. If we assume a 50% realisation of stolen assets to fund their addiction that is £8,640,000……monthly?
In summary each problematic drug user costs the country £44,231 in crime, social, health and economic costs each month.
(A great deal of research has been published into the costs associated with Class ‘A’ drug use. All figures quoted are taken from Home Office Research documents / On-Line Reports / National Treatment Outcome Research Studies / and other academic papers relating to England & Wales from 2000/01– all are open source and were further updated and confirmed by HOR 16/06 in 2006. Latest stats included October 2011)