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Please note that the information on this page is based on the EMCDDA Annual report 2010: the state of the drugs problem in Europe. Most statistical data relate to the year 2008 (or the last year available).

Annual report 2010: the state of the drugs problem in Europe
Cocaine and crack cocaine

Published: 10 November 2010


Use of cocaine and seizures of the drug have increased during the last decade, and cocaine is now the second most used illicit drug in Europe, after cannabis. Levels of use differ widely between countries, with cocaine use concentrated in countries in the west and the south of Europe. There is also considerable diversity among cocaine users, both in patterns of use and sociodemographically. There are occasional cocaine users, socially integrated regular users and more marginalised and often dependent users, including current and former opioid users. This diversity complicates the assessment of the prevalence of the drug’s use, its health and social consequences and the necessary responses.

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Page last updated: Friday, 15 October 2010