At a glance — estimates of drug use in the European Union (updated June 2021)

Graphic shows a series of pie charts for cannabis, cocaine, MDMA and amphetamines, showing drug prevalance rates in the EU. Cannabis is the most used drug with 7.7% of adults having used it in the last year. Last year use for cocaine is 1.2%, MDMA is 0.9%

Graphic shows estimates of prevalence of use for different drugs in the European Union (EU-27).

This graphic is take from the European Drug Report 2021. Full source data and methods and definitions may be found in the Statistical Bulletin 2021.

Graphic source data is provided below for accessibility and reuse purposes.

Cannabis

Prevalence of cannabis use in the EU, 2019 or most recent year
Age Last year use Rate Lifetime use Rrate Lowest Highest
Adults (15-64) 22.2 million 7.7 % 78.5 million 27.2 % n.a. n.a.
Young adults (15-34) 15.8 million 15.4 % n.a. n.a. 3.4 % 21.8 %

Cocaine

Prevalence of cocaine use in the EU, 2019 or most recent year
Population Last year use Rate Lifetime use Rrate Lowest Highest
Adults (15-64) 3.5 million 1.2 % 13.8 million 4.8 % n.a. n.a.
Young adults (15-34) 2.2 million 2.1 % n.a. n.a. 0.2 % 4.6 %

MDMA

Prevalence of MDMA use in the EU, 2019 or most recent year
Population Last year use Rate Lifetime use Rrate Lowest Highest
Adults (15-64) 2.6 million 0.9 % 10.4 million 3.6 % n.a. n.a.
Young adults (15-34) 2.0 million 1.9 % n.a. n.a. 0.2 % 8.5 %

Amphetamines

Prevalence of amphetamines use in the EU, 2019 or most recent year

Population Last year use Rate Lifetime use Rrate Lowest Highest
Adults (15-64) 2.0 million 0.7 % 8.7 million 3.0 % n.a. n.a.
Young adults (15-34) 1.4 million 1.4 % n.a. n.a. 0.0 % 4.1 %

Heroin and other opioids

Drug High-risk opioid users OST clients Drug treatment requests Opioids in fatal overdoses
Opioids 1 million 510 000 26% 76%

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