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Drugs. EU Report, “Europeans spend 24 billion euros a year” for illegal substances

Bruxelles: il commissario Dimitris Avramopoulos presenta il rapporto annuale sulle droghe in Europa (foto SIR/CE)

(Brussesls) “Europeans spend at least 24 billion euros a year to buy illegal drugs, thus turning drugs dealing into one of the most profitable businesses in Europe for organised crime”. This figure has been shown by the 2016 Report on the Drugs Market in the EU, published today by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA), along with Europol. The report reviews the situation of the European Union’s drugs market and “lists new trends throughout the supply chain, from manufacture to consumption”. In addition, it looks at the cost that drugs markets place on society, by measuring their impact on businesses, governmental institutions, local communities, families, citizens and the environment. The European Commissioner for Home Affairs, Dimitris Avramopoulos, stated: “Nowadays, drug-related crime cleverly exploits global flows of transport, goods and people by undermining them and threatens public healthcare as well. It uses new technology and the Internet, the growth in worldwide trade and business facilities, to quickly expand its criminal activities all over the word. This report investigates connections with other criminal activities and shows that illegal profits from drugs dealing fund the smuggling of migrants and terrorism and undermine international efforts for development”.

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