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Europeans and drugs
'We never had so many drugs smuggled or produced in Europe' - report
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Italian police dogs find 2,700kg of cocaine hidden in banana crates
The seized cocaine was of the finest quality, according to Italian police, and would have earned drug traffickers more than €800 million in street sales in Armenia, where it was destined.
Cocaine use in Europe: How do EU countries compare?
The production of cocaine is no longer an offshore affair. With the increased availability of the drug in the EU, what does it mean for consumption?
UK doctors warn about brain damage amid rising laughing gas cases
Calls for restrictions on the sale of nitrous oxide in local shops in the UK is growing after doctors see an influx of cases.
Record cocaine seizures in Belgian port of Antwerp last year
The Belgian port of Antwerp takes over from Rotterdam as Europe's leading port for cocaine seizures
Soaring use of laughing gas in Europe is no joke, drugs agency warns
Nitrous oxide has been growing in popularity as a recreational drug, as it can cause a feeling of euphoria, relaxation and dissociation from reality.
Six EU countries agree to boost cooperation against drug crimes
The EU countries will also work more closely with Latin American nations in the fight against organised crime.
Drugs bounce back in Europe after COVID lockdown lull
"Established drugs have never been so accessible and potent new substances continue to emerge," said EU drugs agency chief Alexis Goosdeel.
Malta becomes first EU country to legalise cannabis for personal use
Citizens aged over 18 will be allowed to carry up to seven grams of cannabis and grow up to four cannabis plants at home.
Misuse of pharmaceuticals, designer drugs pose European health threat
A new EU Drug Report outlines public health concerns over misuse of benzodiazepines such as valium, xanax and klonopin.
COVID and drugs: Lockdown dealing, party pills decline and over-50s OD
Between 2012 and 2018 the number of drug overdose deaths among the 50-plus age group increased by 75%.
EU agencies blame technology for rise in drug trafficking
Europeans spend billions of euros on drugs each year, making it a "major source of income for organised crime", Europol and the EU's drugs agency said in a joint report.
Luxembourg could become first EU country to fully legalise cannabis
In an interview with Politico, Health Minister Etienne Schneider confirmed his government's plans to legalise production and consumption of cannabis for recreational purposes, while calling other European countries to do the same.
Synthetic opioid drugs like fentanyl are a 'growing concern' in Europe
New report from a European drug agency reveals one in five people seeking treatment for opioid abuse are addicted to synthetic drugs
Report indicates increase of cocaine in EU, links to social media
Over 104,000 cocaine seizures were reported in the EU in 2017, amounting to 140.4 tons. This is double the quantity seized in 2016. "Social media, encryption techniques and darknet marketplaces" are correlated with the increase.
European agency warns about 'uberisation' of drug market
New report suggests drug entrepreneurs are creating cocaine 'call centres' which make it easier for drug users to order online
Killer drug fentanyl 'linked to 250 deaths in Europe'
One of the opioid painkillers causing a killer drug epidemic in the US has been linked to hundreds of deaths in Europe, it’s emerged.
Fear of opioid crisis in Europe
Last year alone, 51 new psychoactive substances have been detected
Colombia seizes 5 tonnes of cocaine in banana shipment
It's Colombia's country's biggest drugs bust so far this year, worth around 350 million euros.
Busted: cocaine-filled pineapple ring
Spanish and Portuguese police have seized more than 700 kg of cocaine wrapped in pineapple skins and shipped from South America.
Deadly painkiller drug fentanyl has ‘growing market in Europe’
The drug, used to treat cancer pain, is being increasingly used recreationally and is blamed for a rise in overdose deaths in Europe.