Research and analysis

Crack cocaine increase: inquiry findings

Report on the findings of a Public Health England and Home Office investigation into the increase in crack cocaine use in England.


Increase in crack cocaine use inquiry: summary of findings


Recent evidence suggests that there has been a rise in crack cocaine use in England. The Serious Violence Strategy committed the government to understand more about this rise. Public Health England and the Home Office led an inquiry based on a series of interviews and focus groups. These were held in 6 local authorities across England with:

  • drug treatment workers
  • service users
  • police officers

The report’s findings can be used by local authorities and their partners to help them understand some of the factors that might lie behind any rise in crack use in their area. It can also be used by policy makers and other people involved in responding to crack and related drug problems.

Published 25 March 2019