Radio Norfolk interview with Nick Conrad - £50m worth of cocaine found on Norfolk beaches

Following the news that cocaine with a street value of £50m washed up on beaches in Norfolk last week, Paul Martin, Chief Executive of The Matthew Project, was invited to talk on Radio Norfolk this morning about the impact of cocaine locally.

"20 years ago it was a party drug, taken by the rich and famous but the price has dropped and now it reaches a much wider group of people," he said. "Purity is higher than it used to be and death rates have increased as a result. You're over 20 times more likely to have a heart attack during a cocaine high. This news gives us the opportunity to think about how taking cocaine makes people more vulnerable to taking risks as well as the physical and mental impacts."

You can hear the full interview here from 1:09 to 1:16:30

If you're concerned about cocaine use contact Norfolk Recovery Partnership 0300 7900 227

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