Bingo Halls Swab Positive on Cocaine

Bingo Halls Swab Positive on Cocaine

Written by: Emilija Zivulovic on 27/04/2015 10:30
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UK bingo community was shocked when The Sun newspaper revealed results of their recent investigation, which was inspired by the publication of figures by Public Health England that showed 634 pensioners aged 65 and over required treatment for drug addiction over the past 12 months. These figures show a 20% rise from the previous year and double those of 2009.

Gala Bingo and Mecca Bingo were the main targets of the investigation when 17 halls were visited and tested. Toilet seats and cistern tops were swab tested and half of those 17 bingo venues across the UK showed traces of cocaine and crack cocaine. The investigation carried out by The Sun found traces of cocaine in Glasgow at two Gala Halls in Clydebank Retail Park and Hawthorne Quadrant. Essex's Gala Bingo in Basildon and Mecca Bingo in Romford also tested positive, as well as Mecca Bingo and Coral Island in Blackpool. In Bristol, Gala Bingo Hengrove Leisure Park and Gala Bingo in Fishponds Road showed traces of cocaine.

Dr Sarah Wadd, an expert in drug use among the elderly, told the newspaper: "There is no doubt that illegal drug use is rising in the older age group.

"I think this is mainly because heroin users from the 1980s haven't been able to kick the habit. Cocaine is also a problem."

Both Gala Bingo and Mecca Bingo representatives said they have a zero-policy to drugs.

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