Up to a third of drug addicts have taken athletics at some point in their careers, according to information obtained by the Sunday Times.
The shocking revelations claim that the athletics range from some relatively harmless recreational jogging, right up to more hard-core activities such as triathlons and marathons.
“Where it’s just a bit of running or jumping most turn a blind eye, but some of them have progressed to really heavy stuff.” said Jonathan Calvert, the Times journalist who broke the story.
“There is a well-respected crackhead who I know for a fact is pole vaulting, but nobody dares speak out against him. It’s almost a code of silence across the whole drug addict community. Part of me thinks they just accept it, glad that it’s just a bit of athletics and not something really dirty, like cycling.”
It’s the kids Calvert really feels sorry for though.
“They just want to do some coke like their heroes from the telly. Then before you know it it’s hurdles this and javelin that. I’ve seen some kids as young as fifteen do a whole decathlon over a two day binge.”