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Focus: Brussels: Combating drug trafficking across the single market

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: (Published 12 March 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:680
  1. R Watson

    Suggestions for tackling the growing drugs epidemic are as varied as the professional backgrounds and political beliefs of those who confront the problem. Doctors, social workers, customs officers, police and politicians all have different, and sometimes conflicting, remedies.

    But drug trafficking and drug misuse are international; despite the many standpoints, the fight against drugs will probably be more effective with international cooperation. So the European Union seems to think, as it is taking advantage of the new powers granted in the Maastricht Treaty to act against drug misuse. More opportunities for coordinated action among the 12 European Union members, and possibly among 15 or 16 countries from next year, exist now than six months ago.

    That cooperation runs right through the three main pillars of the European Union constructed by the new …

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