European countries cut funding for a range of activities against illicit drug use

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 16 November 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d7438
  1. Rory Watson
  1. 1Lisbon

The economic recession is forcing 15 of 19 European governments to reduce spending on aspects of their drugs policies, particularly research, prevention, social reintegration, and organisational activities, a survey shows.

Budgets for treatment seem to be largely unaffected, but countries are also cutting funding for drug related programmes in prisons and law enforcement, says the latest annual report from the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, published on 15 November. Estonia, Latvia, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Hungary, and Ireland are most affected by the cuts.

In parallel with its annual report the agency has provided details of the costs of financing drug treatment in Europe, the …

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