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Please note that the information on this page is based on the EMCDDA Annual report 2011: the state of the drugs problem in Europe. Most statistical data relate to the year 2009 (or the last year available).


Annual report 2011: the state of the drugs problem in Europe
Policies and laws

Published: 15 November 2011


With the current EU drug strategy coming to an end in 2012, this chapter takes a look at the development of the EU drug policy approach over the past 20 years. Strategies recently adopted by some non-EU countries are examined for signs of convergence with or differences to the European approach. Within Europe, the most recently adopted national drug strategies are also briefly reviewed.

An overview of studies on public expenditure by EU Member States, presented here, highlights the different ways in which the topic has been approached, and the need for improved and harmonised data collection in this area. Also reviewed in this chapter are the changes in penalties for drug possession that have taken place in European countries in the last 10 years, and the latest developments in drug-related research.

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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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