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Drugs: Avramopoulos (EU Commission), “dynamic and flourishing trade of illicit drugs. Reaction necessary”

Dimitris Avramopoulos

(Brussels) “Today, production of drugs is increasing, and they are more and more available in Europe. Moreover, the illegal drug trade is highly dynamic and adaptable, and thus, more and more dangerous. If we want to be in the avant-garde, we’ll make efforts to develop both resilience and responsiveness, owing also to the growing importance of online trade and development of new types of drugs”. In Brussels, European Home Affairs Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos commented the annual “European Drug Report 2018: Trends and Developments”, published by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction today. “Since the new regulation on the new psychoactive drugs will enter into force by the end of the year, Europe will have stronger additional instruments to face such challenges in a more effective way, protecting European citizens against dangerous drugs in a better way”. In accordance with the Report of the European agency, “cocaine is the most used illicit stimulant in Europe. About 2.3 million young adults (15-34 years old) used it in the last year”. In a context of cocaine cultivation and production increase in Latin America, the current analysis “confirms that European trade of cocaine is flourishing”. The number of cocaine requisitions has also increased. In 2016, about 98 thousand (90 thousand in 2015) were reported to the EU, equalling 70.9 tons”.

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