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Friday, November 25, 2005

Europe Fails to Tame Drug Problem

Deutsche Welle, Germany

The EU's annual report on the state of the narcotics problem in Europe reveals that cannabis is still the drug of choice of Europe's population -- and demand is increasing.

"Europe remains a major market for stimulant drugs and indicators suggest that the trend in amphetamine, ecstasy and cocaine use continues to be upwards," revealed the 2005 annual report compiled by the Lisbon-based European Monitoring Center for Drug Addiction (EMCCD).

But the report also revealed that EU drug decriminalization measures and better treatment programs are showing results. Experts said the shift in EU strategy to prevention, not punishment, has proven to be more effective.


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