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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
Policies and laws

Published: 10 November 2010


Monitoring and evaluating drug strategies and action plans is an important topic both at national and international level. Recent developments in this field reported in this chapter include a new monitoring system that is being built up by the United Nations and first results of the implementation of the new EU action plan on drugs. Also described here are some of the achievements and difficulties related to the demanding drug policy evaluation and renewal cycles that most EU Member States have adopted.

Also reviewed in the chapter are the different legal approaches used in Europe to distinguish between drugs. These include the use of a wide range of laws, drug classification schemes, and prosecutorial or judicial discretion. Another form of distinction is the threshold quantities that differentiate between personal use and trafficking offences. New data and trends on drug-related public expenditure and recent developments regarding drug-related research in Europe are also covered in this chapter.

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The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) is the reference point on drugs and drug addiction information in Europe. Inaugurated in Lisbon in 1995, it is one of the EU’s decentralised agencies. Read more >>

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Page last updated: Friday, 15 October 2010