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Cocaine epidemic in Australian NSW state
Last Updated(Beijing Time):2010-09-05 11:48

Australian state of New South Wales is in the grip of a cocaine epidemic, said the state's top crime expert on Sunday.

The latest NSW crime statistics, obtained by The Sun-Herald, showed the use of cocaine across the state has increased by more than 50 percent in the past two years.

NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research data show that from April 2008 to March this year cases of possessing and using cocaine rose 55 percent.

"There is no doubt that the use of cocaine and the use of ecstasy have increased," bureau director Don Weatherburn said. " The market for cocaine is growing at an exponential rate, and if the price of the drug is staying the same, then this is the sign of a thriving market. It is safe to say we are in a cocaine epidemic."

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