EU report warns of increasing drug problem in Europe

Drug availability in Europe is high and in some areas appears to be increasing, the latest figures show that in Europe over 1 million seizures of illicit drugs were reported in 2016, according to the European Drug Report 2018.

Over 92 million adults in the EU (15-64 years) have tried an illicit drug in their lifetime and an estimated 1.3 million people received treatment for illicit drug use in 2016, said the report released on Thursday, and published by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA).

Launching the report at a press conference, EU Commissioner for home affairs, Dimitris Avramopoulos, said “drug availability remains high and drug production in Europe is increasing.

The drug problem remains an important threat to both the health and the security of citizens, and especially for our youth.” Alexis Goosdell, Director of EMCDDA, told the joint press conference that Cannabis remains the main drug being used even for recreational or experimental use in Europe.

“We estimate 88 millions of people in Europe have consumed at least one in their life cannabis. There are increases in the recent years in the request for treatment with cannabis as the main drug,

Source: Kuwait News Agency