More cannabis is being smoked in the European Union than ever before, with 3 million daily users. The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction warns it is now a very important public health issue.
At a presentation at the European Parliament, the directeur of the agency, George Estievenart, told EuroNews there had been an increase in demand for treatment by heavy cannabis and cocaine consumers, that these are the main drug threats in Europe. The centre’s annual report also talks about ecstasy emerging as the second most commonly-used drug in Europe, overtaking amphetamines, and concern about severe drug problems in the new EU countries. In the Baltic states, especially in Estonia and Latvia, Estievenart said intravenous heroine use had risen sharply. The report said publically provided places where adicts can shoot up legally have their merits; these exist in 39 Swiss, German, Dutch and Spanish cities, but most EU states reject them on ethical grounds.