Markets, products, users: recent trends (2011-2012)
Tendances n°86, OFDT, 8 p.
The TREND (Emerging Trends and New Drugs) scheme established by the OFDT in 1999 endeavours to detect emerging phenomena and trends in illegal drug use, including trends in substances, supply, routes of administration and user profiles.
The analysis of the data from the 13th TREND survey (2011 and early 2012) and the scheme's various components (see page 8) serves to highlight a series of changes. This issue of Tendances takes stock of four aspects. The first discusses changes in the main illegal drug markets, which have experienced significant shifts in terms of purity and price for several substances (heroin, cocaine, MDMA). A rise in herbal cannabis cultivation in Europe and the emergence of NPS (New Psychoactive Substances) are also new phenomena. The next section examines questions directly linked to users: routes of administration, and especially an increase in “chasing the dragon”, and worsening social and health situations for the most socially fragile users. Finally, the last two sections are dedicated to certain products (crack, freebase, ketamine and methamphetamine), whose spread and/ or accessibility should be monitored along with their substitution treatments.
Agnès Cadet- Taïrou, Michel Gandilhon, with Emmanuel Lahaie, Magali Martinez, Sayon Dambélé, Stéphane Saïd
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Drugs in Europe
How is the COVID-19 pandemic affecting drug use, supply and services?
Drug use and harms
What are the health costs of drug use in Europe today?
What do the latest data tell us about drug production and trafficking trends?
These and other questions are explored in the 2021 European Drug Report, our annual overview of the drug situation in Europe.
The annual Statistical Bulletin contains the most recent available data on the drug situation in Europe provided by the Member States. These datasets underpin the analysis presented in the European Drug Report. All data may be viewed interactively on screen and downloaded in Excel format..
The European Union and the drug phenomenon
The European Union & the drug phenomenon : Frequently asked questions, joint publication between the EMCDDA and the European Commission, october 2010, 12 p.