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Europe stands out in illegal drug trade, say experts

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Europe stands out in illegal drug trade, say experts

Brussels, May 6 (Prensa Latina) The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (Emcdda) and Europol considered today that the so-called old continent stands out for the production and trafficking of cocaine and methamphetamine.

In a joint communiqué they added that this illegal traffic creates new security threats.

Both European agencies investigated the cocaine and methamphetamine market along the supply chain, from production and trafficking to distribution and use.

As a result of this monitoring, they determined that Europe’s role in international drug production and trade is changing as it expands.

Cocaine is the second most consumed drug in the European Union after cannabis, with an estimated retail market value of 10.5 billion euros.

Nearly 3.5 million Europeans aged between 15 and 64 admit to using this drug in the last year, and 14 million have used it at some time in their lives.


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