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Sykes, Wendy and Coleman, Nick and Desai, Philly and Groom, Carola and Gure, Mohamud and Howarth, Radhika [Home Office UK] . (2010) Perceptions of the social harms associated with khat use. London: Home Office. 22 p. Research Report 44

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A stimulant used predominately by members of the UK’s Somali, Yemeni and Ethiopian communities is to be reviewed by the government’s expert advisory body.

Grown in East Africa and the Middle East, khat is used by around 0.2 per cent of the UK population according to the latest British Crime Survey. Users report that chewing the substance can promote alertness and relaxation.

Social harms:
Home Office research (new window) out today looked at social harms associated with khat, along with appropriate government responses and treatment services.

Focus groups among users and non-users, as well as drugs professionals revealed:
• khat chewing is a widespread and socially acceptable practice in Somali, Yemeni and Ethiopian communities. However, heavy use is seen as a problem
• few reports of khat-use being linked to crime
• some form of government intervention is favoured


Item Type:Evidence resource
Publication Type:Report
Drug Type:Alcohol
Intervention Type:AOD disorder harm reduction
Source:Home Office UK
Date:2010
Pages:22 p.
Publisher:Home Office
Place of Publication:London
EndNote:View
Accession Number:HRB (Electronic Only)
Related URLs:
Subjects:J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Health care administration > Health care quality control
MA-ML Social science, culture and community > Social costs and benefits > Social costs and benefits of substance use
B Substances > New (novel) psychoactive substances
VA Geographic area > Europe > United Kingdom
B Substances > CNS stimulants > Khat
B Substances > CNS stimulants
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Substance use prevention > Substance use harm reduction

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