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A new BBC report says that the number of people seeking treatment for so-called “club drugs” like ecstasy and ketamine, or Special K has risen in the past six years, according to the England’s National Treatment Agency.

Last year, 6,486 people were treated for drugs classified as club drugs – up from 4,656 in 2005-06.

It is not mentioned whether synthetic drugs like bath salts, 2e-i, or spice were included in that survey.

But, despite the rise in that period, the last 12 months has seen a fall in those treated for many such drugs.

The report refers to those who sought help for their drug use, such as counselling and detoxification.

The NTA estimates that around one million people used club drugs last year.

It said club drug users make up just 2% of adults in treatment and 10% of young people in specialist services, indicating that the UK is coping with a larger drug problem.

Its research suggests that ecstasy (MDMA) remains the most common club drug people receive treatment for.

Mephedrone and ketamine are thought to be increasingly popular drugs.

A health executive in England says that while drug use overall is falling, there is an increase in the number of people turning to treatment for club drugs. But he also adds that the numbers remain small compared to heroin and crack addiction.

While these numbers are based in England, they can be an indicator of what is happening in other countries through out Europe, and in North America. Both Canada and the United States have had some ecstasy related problems in recent months.

Drug abuse and drug related deaths can strike any family at any time.

There’s no specific age, gender, race, or amount of money in your bank account to determine whether you will abuse drugs or overdose.

Nobody is immune.

Parents are speaking out after their daughter’s ecstasy related death in England.

They say their daughter died, trying to impress a boy, and that peer pressure is overwhelming our children.

They also said, it’s incredibly ease for kids to obtain drugs. Anyone will sell to them, as long as the buyer has money.

In a statement obtained by the Telegraph, Diana and Kenny Harding said, “You need ID for cigarettes and alcohol. Drug dealers don’t ask for ID. They don’t care how old you are. It’s too easy for teenagers to get hold of drugs. Drugs are everywhere and somebody will always know somebody who will sell you some.”

Parents need to educate their teens about drug use. The parents of Serena Harding were anti-drug counselors. While they had always preached an anti-drug message, they believe it fell on deaf ears because their daughter would go to any depths to impress the boy she liked.

The Hardings added, “We believe Serena got out of her depth and gave in to peer pressure. Every day we ask ourselves `how can this be?’ Serena filled all our hearts; she was so loving and caring and was sometimes wise beyond her almost 17 years. The tears we cry everyday are futile because she will never come home again.”

It’s important parents reinforce their message and be very active in their childrens’ lives.

This is a story that can open the eyes of most families.  

There’s a common misconception that addicts are lowlifes, people who never had a future, or the stereotypical poor minorities.

But drug addiction strikes all genders, races, religions, cultures, and breaks through economic barriers like you cannot imagine.

Case in point: The death of heiress Eva Rausing in London, England.

The Evening Standard had an in-depth look at Rausing’s life and struggles with addiction, from the time she was a student in California all the way to her final days.

The paper gives this chilling account from Mrs. Rausing before her death,

The MySpace posts by the 48-year-old mother of four, found dead on Monday from a suspected drugs overdose, give a tragic insight into how she battled for than 20 years to give up cocaine, heroin and crack and has been on a downward spiral since before her arrest trying to take drugs into the US Embassy in London in 2008.

Describing how she felt “in a deep hole” she said: “I don’t work, but probably should. Or at least think of a constructive way of using my time, enlarging my life.”

This is a woman who lived in a $80 million home. She was a mother of four. She hobnobbed with Prince Charles. But behind all of the glamour and wealth, was a dark side. Both she and her husband, who is now under arrest, spent more than two decades battling drug addiction for cocaine, crack, and heroin.

In the end, Eva Rausing died of what may be an overdose. Her husband, perhaps suffered a mental breakdown, lived in the home for a week with his wife’s corpse.

Detectives aren’t sure what to make of the case. They have characterized her death as “unexplained” while they wait for toxicology reports. It appears the two lived the last several months as ghostly figures. He is now hospitalized for drug related issues while authorities try to make sense of what happened.

So you have a couple who stood to inherit a billion dollars in family fortune and they succumb to the same drug addiction a high school drop out living on the streets does.

Drug addiction does not discriminate.

Parents who think that they are too wealthy, or too educated, or too close-knit to have an addict in their home better open their eyes.

Great families, with wonderful parents and tremendous love inside the home still battle addictions. Addiction is a disease. Like cancer, if caught early enough, it can be treated.

But thinking that it won’t happen to your child is the first mistake you can make.