Spaniards among biggest users of cocaine in EU
24 November 2005, MADRID — Spaniards are among the biggest users of cocaine, Ecstasy and cannabis in the European Union, according to a new report.
24 November 2005
MADRID — Spaniards are among the biggest users of cocaine, Ecstasy and cannabis in the European Union, according to a new report.
In the past year, cocaine became the drug of preference for Spaniards, said the report by the European Drug and Intoxicants Observatory (OEDT).
The OEDT, which analyses tendencies in drug use in Europe, said 4 percent of young adults aged between 15-34 had used cocaine in the past 12 months.
Its report said between three and three-and-a-half million people try the drug each year and 1.5 million are habitual users.
"In Spain and Britain, the rise in drug use since 2001 shows a possible stabilization of use," the report said.
In Spain there was a 26 percent rise in patients seeking treatment for addiction. In Holland the figure was 38 percent.
There was a continued rise in the use of Ecstasy and amphetamines across the EU, the report added.
Britain (6.9 percent) was followed by the Czech Republic (5.9 percent), then Spain (3.8 percent) and Estonia (3.7 percent).
In Spain about 2.6 million had tried Ecstasy or amphetamines.
Spain was in fourth place among other European countries in terms of cannabis use. About 17.3 percent of Spaniards had tried the drug.
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Subject: Spanish news