Exploring methamphetamine trends in Europe


Concerns about the availability and use of methamphetamine in Europe have been growing for some time. Historically, the use of methamphetamine has been confined largely to the Czech Republic and Slovakia; however, recent signs of the spread of methamphetamine linked to different European countries have sparked further investigation of this topic. The methodology used is based on the triangulation of data collected using a number of investigative approaches and from multiple sources.

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Table of contents

  • Background and methods
  • Chemistry and pharmacology
  • International context
  • History
  • Trafficking and availability
  • Europe as a transit territory
  • Regional patterns
  • Methamphetamine-related harms
  • Health and social responses
  • Information and monitoring gaps
  • Conclusion
  • References


  • Czech (translated and produced by the National Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, Office of the Government of the Czech Republic)