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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
Responding to drug problems — an overview

Published: 15 November 2011


This chapter presents an overview of the responses to drug problems in Europe, highlighting, trends, developments and quality issues. Prevention measures are reviewed followed by interventions in the areas of treatment, social reintegration and harm reduction. All these measures are part of a comprehensive drug demand reduction system and are increasingly coordinated and integrated.

The section on drug law enforcement reviews the most recent data on drug law offences and explores the part played by undercover operations in disrupting the supply of illicit drugs. The chapter ends with a review of the available data on drug users in prisons and the existing responses in this particular setting.

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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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