Key Statistics in Belgium 2017

Belgium Country Drug Report 2017

Key statistics

Most recent estimates and data reported

  EU range
  Year Country data Min. Max.
Cannabis
Lifetime prevalence of use — schools (% , Source: ESPAD) 2015 17.3 6.5 36.8
Last year prevalence of use — young adults (%) 2013 10.1 0.4 22.1
Last year prevalence of drug use — all adults (%) 2013 4.6 0.3 11.1
All treatment entrants (%) 2015 32 3 71
First-time treatment entrants (%) 2015 52 8 79
Quantity of herbal cannabis seized (kg) 2015 764 4 45 816
Number of herbal cannabis seizures 2015 26 401 106 156 984
Quantity of cannabis resin seized (kg) 2015 7 045 1 380 361
Number of cannabis resin seizures 2015 5 569 14 164 760
Potency — herbal (% THC)  (minimum and maximum values registered) 2015 0.8-24.7 0 46
Potency — resin (% THC)  (minimum and maximum values registered) 2015 3.6-30.9 0 87.4
Price per gram — herbal (EUR)  (minimum and maximum values registered) 2015 3-20 0.6 31.1
Price per gram — resin (EUR)  (minimum and maximum values registered) 2015 3.2-20 0.9 46.6
Cocaine
Lifetime prevalence of use — schools (% , Source: ESPAD) 2015 2.6 0.9 4.9
Last year prevalence of use — young adults (%) 2013 0.9 0.2 4
Last year prevalence of drug use — all adults (%) 2013 0.5 0.1 2.3
All treatment entrants (%) 2015 19 0 37
First-time treatment entrants (%) 2015 19 0 40
Quantity of cocaine seized (kg) 2015 17 487 2 21 621
Number of cocaine seizures 2015 4 330 16 38 273
Purity (%) (minimum and maximum values registered) 2015 1-90 0 100
Price per gram (EUR) (minimum and maximum values registered) 2015 20-116.7 10 248.5
Amphetamines
Lifetime prevalence of use — schools (% , Source: ESPAD) 2015 2 0.8 6.5
Last year prevalence of use — young adults (%) 2013 0.5 0.1 3.1
Last year prevalence of drug use — all adults (%) 2013 0.2 0 1.6
All treatment entrants (%) 2015 10 0 70
First-time treatment entrants (%) 2015 9 0 75
Quantity of amphetamine seized (kg) 2015 69 0 3 796
Number of amphetamine seizures 2015 3 110 1 10 388
Purity — amphetamine (%)  (minimum and maximum values registered) 2015 2.1-74 0 100
Price per gram - amphetamine (EUR)  (minimum and maximum values registered) 2015 2.5-20 1 139.8
MDMA
Lifetime prevalence of use — schools (% , Source: ESPAD) 2015 3.2 0.5 5.2
Last year prevalence of use — young adults (%) 2013 0.8 0.1 6.6
Last year prevalence of drug use — all adults (%) 2013 0.3 0.1 3.4
All treatment entrants (%) 2015 0 0 2
First-time treatment entrants (%) 2015 1 0 2
Quantity of MDMA seized (tablets) 2015 59 696 54 5 673 901
Number of MDMA seizures 2015 1 739 3 5 012
Purity (mg of MDMA base per unit)  (minimum and maximum values registered) 2015 6.6-240 0 293
Price per tablet (EUR) (minimum and maximum values registered) 2015 1-10 0.5 60
Opioids
High-risk opioid use (rate/1 000) No data No data 0.3 8.1
All treatment entrants (%) 2015 28 4 93
First-time treatment entrants (%) 2015 10 2 87
Quantity of heroin seized (kg) 2015 121 0 8 294
Number of heroin seizures 2015 2 375 2 12 271
Purity — heroin (%) (minimum and maximum values registered) 2015 3-73 0 96
Price per gram — heroin (EUR)  (minimum and maximum values registered) 2015 6.4-66.7 3.1 214
Newly diagnosed HIV cases related to injecting drug use  (cases/million population, Source: ECDC) 2015 1.3 0 44
HIV prevalence among PWID* (%) No data No data 0 30.9
HCV prevalence among PWID* (%) No data No data 15.7 83.5
Injecting drug use (cases rate/1 000 population) 2015 3.3 0.2 9.2
Drug-induced deaths — all adults (cases/million population) 2013 9.2 1.6 102.7
Health and social responses
Syringes distributed through specialised programmes 2015 1 034 242 164 12 314 781
Treatment demand
Clients in substitution treatment 2015 16 681 252 168 840
All clients 2015 12 794 282 124 234
First-time clients 2015 4 415 24 40 390
Drug law offences
Number of reports of offences 2015 47 083 472 411 157
Offences for use/possession 2015 33 782 359 390 843

* PWID — People who inject drugs.


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