One in four adults in Europe - more than 85 million people - have tried illicit drugs at some point in their lives. But is the situation getting better or worse? A new report by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction gives all the facts, such as that 73 new psychoactive substances were sold for the first time in the EU in 2012. The agency's 2013 annual report will be presented to the EP's justice and home affairs committee on 30 May. Follow it live on our website.
Presentation of the report
The annual report will be presented to the justice and home affairs committee by agency director Wolfgang Götz on 30 May. It was published on 28 May and contains data on the EU, Croatia, Turkey and Norway.
The good news is that there are fewer new users of heroin and less injecting, while the use of cannabis and cocaine is going down in some countries. However, there are concerns over synthetic stimulants and new psychoactive substances being offered, both legally and illegally.
The report also reveals that 77 million Europeans aged 15 to 64 have tried cannabis. Three million of these use it every day or almost every day. Across Europe, the number of people entering specialist drug treatment for heroin problems for the first time fell from a peak of 59,000 in 2007 to 41,000 in 2011. In addition 73 new psychoactive substances were officially notified for the first time via the EU Early warning system in 2012.