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Cocaine poisoning: on the rise in children too!


EXCLUSIVE - Pediatrician at the Toulouse University Hospital, Professor Isabelle Claudet reveals alarming figures on hospital admissions of children exposed to cocaine.

Professor Isabelle Claudet, pediatrician, head of the children's department, head of pediatric emergencies, Toulouse hospitals, deciphers for "

Le Figaro

" the figures for hospital admissions of children under 15 accidentally exposed to cocaine.

They have been multiplied by 8 in eleven years


Cocaine is the second most widely used drug in Europe and in 2019, 213 tons were seized, witnessing an expansion of the European market.

In France, this level of circulation results in an increase in seizures by a factor of 40 between 2015 (643 kilos) and 2021 (26.5 tonnes).

The purity of cocaine is increasing and its price remains stable, its delivery has been “uberized” via “dedicated call centers”.

Another indicator of traffic lies in the analysis of wastewater from major European cities (SCORE project), including Paris, which is in 19th position out of 75 cities included.

Two regions are more exposed: Occitania due to its proximity to Spain, a base for…

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Source: lefigaro

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