Methamphetamine: a European Union perspective in the global context


This publication is the first in a series dedicated to prevalent illicit synthetic stimulant drugs, also known as amphetamine-type stimulants (ATS). The ATS category is made up of two groups of substances. This study focuses on the supply and use of methamphetamine in Europe, set in a global context. Methamphetamine is probably the most widely consumed synthetic stimulant in the world. In many countries across the globe it is reportedly the second most prevalent illicit drug after cannabis.

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Table of contents

  • Introduction
  • Methamphetamine: The global context
    • Historical background
    • Global methamphetamine production
    • The methamphetamine precursors
  • Methamphetamine issues in the European context
    • Problem methamphetamine use
    • Methamphetamine production
    • Trafficking in methamphetamine and its precursors
  • European and international initiatives
  • Conclusions