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- Police say ice invasion is frozen in its tracks
CHEAP COCAINE has left Britain relatively untouched by Crystal Meth, according to a report from the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO).
"We are not seeing a great deal in terms of manufacture," said Detective Sergeant Andy Waite, who conducted intelligence on the issue for the ACPO . "There are certainly no signs of an epidemic. It is a slowly fermenting problem."
Where it is fermenting most is thought to be on the gay club scene, by some groups of recent eastern European immigrants and as an appetite blocker for desperate slimmers.
That relatively small problem is in contrast to large parts of the rest of Europe and the US, where the drug originated, which has a serious problem stretching back years and where police have found 50,000 crystal meth factories since 2001. At least 12 million Americans are reported to have tried crystal meth, also known as ice.
Often, drugs popular in one part of the world quickly become popular in another, but in Britain crystal meth has found itself crowded out by cocaine and its crack derivative, both of which have posted falling prices in recent times.
"The good news about crystal meth use is that it is still relatively rare in the UK," said Martin Barnes of Drugscope, a drugs awareness charity.
"The bad news is that one reason is because we have a significant and profitable market for cocaine and crack cocaine."
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