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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
Responding to drug problems — an overview

Published: 10 November 2010


This chapter presents an overview of the responses to drug problems in Europe, where possible highlighting trends, developments and quality issues. Prevention measures are first reviewed followed by interventions in the areas of treatment, harm reduction and social reintegration. Taken together, all these measures form a comprehensive drug demand reduction system. They can be considered as complementary, and are sometimes provided in combination and by the same facilities. This is, for example, increasingly the case for treatment and harm-reduction measures.

The responses developed in the framework of drug law enforcement are also addressed in a section which includes the most recent data on drug law offences. The chapter ends with a review of the available data on the needs of drug users in prisons and the existing responses in this particular setting.

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Page last updated: Friday, 15 October 2010