92 Million European Adults to Have Tried Illicit Drugs

29 January 2019
92 Million European Adults to Have Tried Illicit Drugs

Substance abuse in Europe has been a prevalent issue since channels for cannabis, heroin and amphetamines were established throughout the course of the 1970s and 1980s. Europe is a key market for drugs of abuse, supplied both from domestic producers and traffickers globally with an estimated value of €24 Billion.

Whilst offline markets still prevail, the continuous increase of demand coupled with the conception of online drug marketplaces have contributed to the sheer scale of the global drug problem. As a result, drug related hospital admissions have significantly increased, with estimated 5-10% of hospital admissions arising due to drug related problems (DRP).

It is reported that more than 92 million adults in the European Union are estimated to have tried illicit drugs during their lifetime, with usage being more frequently reported by males than females. (56 million and 36.3 million respectively.)

Last year, it was noted that young adults were among those most at risk, with an estimated 18.9 million young adults (aged 15-34) reporting to have used drugs in the previous year, twice as many males than females reporting doing so.

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