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  • EU drug markets report: a strategic analysis

    Posted on February 1st, 2013 TimB No comments

    The EU drug markets report is the first comprehensive overview of illicit drug markets in the European Union. It covers issues such as production, consumer markets, trafficking, organised crime and policy responses, along with a review of the markets for heroin, cocaine, cannabis, amphetamine, methamphetamine, ecstasy and new psychoactive substances. It concludes with concrete action points for the areas where the current EU response to the drug market and its consequent harms may be improved.

    An essential reference tool for law enforcement professionals, policymakers, the academic community and the general public, the report combines Europol’s strategic and operational understanding of trends and developments in organised crime with the EMCDDA’s ongoing monitoring and analysis of the drug phenomenon in Europe and beyond.

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  • Community groups say they are increasingly worried by a rise in the use of hard drugs such as crack cocaine and crystal meth on the streets of Dublin.

    Posted on January 3rd, 2012 TimB No comments

    Community groups say they are increasingly worried by a rise in the use of hard drugs such as crack cocaine and crystal meth on the streets of Dublin.

    Gary Broderick of the Saol Project said that while many drug treatment programmes had been established to deal with the scourge of heroin, a much broader array of drugs were now in common use. This, in turn, was posing fresh challenges for treatment services.

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  • Peru’s cocaine industry skyrockets

    Posted on December 18th, 2011 TimB No comments

    Peru, one of the world’s leading producers and exporters of cocaine, has seen the illicit trade boom in recent years.
    The industry’s growth has prompted the country’s government to plan an anti-drug campaign.
    Some experts blame the authorities for not taking enough action to stop the drug trade, while poor coca farmers say the government’s failure to help them economically has forced them to continue in the business.

    Al Jazeera’s Lucia Newman reports from Peru’s southern Vrae Valley, the world’s densest coca producing region.

  • Drug Policy in Portugal: The Benefits of Decriminalizing Drug Use

    Posted on September 8th, 2011 TimB No comments

    Ten years ago, Portugal launched an experiment that few countries had dared to try: the decriminalization of drug possession and use, including for drugs labelled by some countries as “hard,” such as cocaine and heroin.

    These changes to Portugal’s drug law and national policy have marked a turning point for the country and a milestone in international drug policy. Instead of seeking to diminish use by punishing users, the new measures consider drugs illegal but no longer treat drug consumption as a criminal offense. The changes are also particularly significant for Portugal, a conservative country marked by a history of fascistic governments and a Catholic Church that has a powerful influence on politics and social life.

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  • Drug use and nightlife: More than just dance music

    Posted on July 28th, 2011 TimB No comments

    Research over the last decade has focused almost exclusively on the association between electronic music and MDMA (3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine or “ecstasy”) or other stimulant drug use in clubs. Less attention has been given to other nightlife venues and music preferences, such as rock music or southern/funky music.

    This study aims to examine a broader spectrum of nightlife, beyond dance music. It looks at whether certain factors influence the frequency of illegal drug and alcohol use: the frequency of going to certain nightlife venues in the previous month (such as, pubs, clubs or goa parties); listening to rock music, dance music or southern and funky music; or sampling venues (such as, clubs, dance events or rock festivals). The question of how these nightlife variables influence the use of popular drugs like alcohol, MDMA, cannabis, cocaine and amphetamines is addressed.

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  • The Transatlantic Cocaine Market Research Paper

    Posted on June 23rd, 2011 TimB No comments

    This report is about the biggest of these new flows: the trafficking of cocaine to meet growing European demand. The volume of cocaine consumed in Europe has doubled in  the last decade. While European law enforcement agencies have hardened their defences, traffickers continue to innovate, seeking novel ways of getting their product to the  consumer. Around 2004, South American traffickers began to experiment with a way station that had rarely seen large volume shipments of cocaine: West Africa. In a few years, they had managed to undermine security and sow high-level corruption in a  number of West African states.

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  • A Study of Cocaine Use in Northern Ireland 2009

    Posted on May 16th, 2011 TimB No comments

    There is evidence of an increase in cocaine use in  Northern Ireland in recent years as seen through increases in police seizures of the drug, higher prevalence rates of use in self-report surveys and more people presenting to treatment services.  This study explored the patterns of cocaine use and the lifestyles of users in Northern Ireland with the aim of providing the  Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS) and treatment service  providers with a better understanding of cocaine use in Northern Ireland.

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  • Why Intelligent People Use More Drugs

    Posted on January 17th, 2011 TimB No comments

    The human consumption of psychoactive drugs, such asmarijuana, cocaine, and heroin, is of even more recent historical origin than the human consumption of alcohol or tobacco, so the Hypothesis would predict that more intelligent people use more drugs more frequently than less intelligent individuals.

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  • Cocaine users warned of rare illness

    Posted on November 27th, 2010 TimB No comments
    Public health experts have issued a warning to drug users and medics after a patient was treated for a potentially fatal condition linked to the use of cocaine.
    The patient was treated in a Glasgow hospital for methaemoglobinaemia, a rare and serious condition affecting the way oxygen is carried in the bloodstream.

  • An overview of the 2010 IDRS: The injecting drug user survey key findings : Australia

    Posted on October 28th, 2010 TimB No comments

    The key findings of the 2010 Illicit Drug Reporting System (IDRS) injecting drug user (IDU) surveys are presented in this bulletin. The IDRS monitors emerging trends in the use, price, purity and availability of heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine and cannabis. In addition to a survey of regular injecting drug users (IDU), the annual data collection also includes a survey of key experts (KE) who are professionals in the field of illicit drugs and the analysis of existing indicator data on drug related issues.

    This is the tenth year that all three components of the IDRS were conducted in every state and territory in Australia.

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