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Cocaine use rises in Europe while overall drug use levels out

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39412.365718.DB (Published 29 November 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:1117
  1. Rory Watson
  1. Brussels

    Cocaine consumption in Europe is continuing to rise, despite evidence that overall drug use throughout the continent is beginning to stabilise.

    The latest annual report from the Lisbon based European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, giving data for 2005, says that an estimated 4.5 million Europeans between the ages of 15 and 64 years had taken cocaine in the previous 12 months, whereas the number in 2004 was 3.5 million.

    The percentage of cocaine users ranged from 0.1% of the population in Greece to 2% in Italy and the United Kingdom and 3% in …

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