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Drugnet Europe News from the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction — October–December 2007

Cocaine use rises again

Around 4.5 million Europeans (15–64 years) are likely to have used cocaine in the last year, according to the 2007 Annual report, revising the estimate in last year’s report of 3.5 million adults. 'The general picture reported last year of a stabilising situation is called into question by the new (European) data, which point to an overall increase in use', says the new report.

Among young adults, increases in last-year cocaine use were registered in most countries reporting recent survey data

Despite wide variation between countries, the new data confirm cocaine’s place as Europe’s stimulant drug of choice and as its second most commonly used illicit drug after cannabis — ahead of ecstasy and amphetamines. It is estimated that around 12 million Europeans (4 % of all adults) have ever tried cocaine. Around 2 million have taken it in the last month, more than double the estimate for ecstasy.

Among young adults (15–34 years), increases in last-year cocaine use were registered in most countries reporting recent survey data. However, in countries with the highest prevalence (Spain and the UK) increases were relatively small, suggesting that prevalence may be levelling off. Clear increases were reported by Denmark and Italy.


Drugnet Europe is the EMCDDA's newsletter launched in September 1996. The newsletter provides regular and succint information on the Centre's projects and activities to a broad readership.

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