An investigation by The Sun newspaper has revealed that half of British bingo halls tested positive for traces of cocaine!
They visited 17 clubs across the UK and wiped drug-testing swabs over toilet seats and cisterns. The swabs will turn blue if they detect traces of drugs.
The Mecca Bingo in Romford tested positive for cocaine, as did many Gala Bingo clubs – including those in Blackpool, Basildon and Bristol. In fact, the Gala Bingo in Hengrove Leisure Park in Bristol tested positive for the highly addictive crack cocaine.
Many of the attendees at bingo halls are pensioners, and this evidence would suggest that increasing numbers of this portion of society are turning to hard drugs in retirement, to cope with various issues.
Kate Lawrence, of drug charity Phoenix Futures, told The Sun newspaper that she wasn’t surprised by the findings. She said: “We assume older people don’t want to go out and socialise, but they do, particularly if they are lonely. Loneliness is a massive trigger for drugs.
“The older generation isn’t so well-informed because we have concentrated on warning young people about drugs.
“Older people say to us they never thought they’d develop a drug addiction.”
Spokespeople from both Mecca Bingo and Gala Bingo said that they took a zero tolerance policy on drugs and banned taking them on their premises.
Figures have been released to suggest that as well as record numbers of pensioners being hospitalised with drug problems, thousands more were seeking help to kick the habit.
Well, despite these investigation findings being shocking, we do hope that all those struggling with drug addiction can get help and get better.