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Russell Webster

Russell Webster

Criminal Justice & substance misuse expert and author of this blog.

The European Drug Report 2015

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Earlier this month the EMCDDA published its annual European Drugs Report. My experience is that these reports get more useful every year. In addition to the opportunity to see how UK drug use both resembles and differs from patterns of use in different parts of the continent, the report also gives a very useful heads-up on trends in how countries respond to the issue of drugs. This year's report focuses in particular on: Drug market dynamics - global influences and local differences; Trends in drug use and Developments in health and social responses

The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction

Earlier this month (4 June 2015) the EMCDDA published its annual European Drugs Report. My experience is that these reports get more useful every year. In addition to the opportunity to see how UK drug use both resembles and differs from patterns of use in different parts of the continent, the report also gives a very useful heads-up on trends in how countries respond to the issue of drugs.

This year’s report focuses in particular on:

  • Drug market dynamics – global influences and local differences
  • Trends in drug use
  • Developments in health and social responses

Every Wednesday for the next few weeks, I will be starting a new blog series highlighting some of the main themes and using some of the EMCDDA’s increasingly useful visual resources.

Next week’s post will look at how the UK compares to the rest of Europe with future articles looking at the rise of legal highs (Novel Psychoactive Substances), Drug Consumption Rooms, the characteristics of frequent cannabis users, what we learn from analysis waste water and much more.

As an introduction to the series, here’s the official EMCDDA trailer for the 2015 report:

 

You can follow @EMCDDA on Twitter.

 

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