Drugs in Europe

The EMCDDA have just published a shedload of data about drugs in Europe.

The Statistical bulletin is published yearly by the EMCDDA and consists of over 400 tables and 100 graphs of the most recent available data on the drug situation in Europe, all available to view interactively on screen and download in Excel format.

I’ve picked through it so that you don’t have to and pulled together this presentation.

What you’ll notice is that we (the UK) come very near the top of the pile for a number of things:

  • The number of problematic drug users – both raw numbers and rate per 1,000 of population
  • Drug deaths – both for all drug deaths and amongst younger drug users
  • Teenage cannabis use

On many of the graphs I’ve not put in all the countries where there is data, so for example with the slides about the use of the law I’ve only put on countries at the top end of the scale, where the UK has the fourth highest rates of offences for possession and the third for supply.


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