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Cannabis, heroin, and cocaine dominate Europe’s €24bn illegal drugs market

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: (Published 07 April 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2017
  1. Rory Watson
  1. Brussels

The illegal drugs trade in the 28 member European Union is worth at least €24bn (£19.4bn; $27.4bn) a year, says a report released ahead of the United Nations General Assembly’s special session on drugs later this month.

The estimate was made in the EU Drug Markets Report 2016,1 produced jointly by the Portugal based European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) and Europol, the EU’s law enforcement agency located in The Hague, Netherlands.

The joint report—the second in three years—combined the drugs agency’s analytical skills …

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