This dissertation will provide an examination of the environmental impacts of drug use with a particular emphasis on the cocaine trade. The link between drug use and the environment is a subject that has been widely ignored by practical and academic researchers over the past few decades yet contemporary work has started to uncover the detrimental impact that it can have on a global scale. From the production, transportation and supply of drugs the deleterious environmental impact is both extensive and diverse. In consideration of the movement towards a more eco-friendly and sustainable global future, the impact of drug use is something that cannot be ignored. In light of this, the research will primarily examine the public perception of the link between drug use and environmental degradation to provide a representation of the generalised level of awareness surrounding the issue. From this the research aims to provide a fresh outlook on the issues surrounding drug use and to make recommendations on how to use this concept as a potential means of deterrence, particularly for young people.
It is intended that a survey will be completed by the student population in Hampshire. The survey will be completed by students across a range of universities in an attempt to provide a more representative sample of this age group. Alongside this survey an analysis of recorded rates of drug related arrests within the county will accompany a literature review of relevant research to provide a delineation of the provenance and scale of the issue. The sample size and analytical techniques are not yet known at this stage of the project.