Spain and Britain still biggest users of cocaine

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23 November 2006, MADRID — Spain and Britain are still the biggest consumers of cocaine in Europe, according to a survey published on Thursday.

23 November 2006

MADRID — Spain and Britain are still the biggest consumers of cocaine in Europe, according to a survey published on Thursday.

The European Observatory of Drugs report said drugs like cocaine, cannabis, heroin and Ecstasy where getting cheaper. 

Between 1999-2004, prices of Ecstasy and heroin had fallen by 47 and 45 percent respectively.

Cocaine had come down by 22 percent and cannabis by 19 percent.

The authors of the report, which studied drug use in 25 EU countries plus habits in Romania, Norway and Turkey, said they had to be cautious about facts when dealing with an underground market.

Wolfgang Gotz, director of EOD, said the greater availability of drugs had brought prices down.

However, he said heroin had fallen in price because it was not fashionable.

Cocaine was the favourite drug of choice.

Spain and Britain were still the biggest consumers of cocaine. In Spain's case this is because of the ease with which many Spaniards can get it as the country is the main gateway for the entry to Europe of cocaine from South America.

OED said at least 10 million Europeans had tried the drug at some point.

The report said every year between 7,000 and 8,000 deaths linked to drugs. This did not include related accidents, illnesses and acts of violence.

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