The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) recently published a study about the trends and developments of illegal substances in the European Union. According to the research, one in 4 EU citizen have already tried drugs.
The European drug market is already one of the biggest in the world, however, the demand for illegal substances is growing strongly, the study says. The highest rise is with cannabis, being the most popular drug in the region with 83.2 million users (right ahead cocaine with 17.1 million users). Marijuana, being one of the most harmless illegal substances raises questions amongst EU governments whether to legalize it or decriminalize it. It would be important to deal with this problem since within the EU 50% of the drug seizures are in the case of herbal cannabis (453,000 and 139 tons), 24% cannabis resin (229,000 and 574 tons) and 3% cannabis plants. This means marijuana equals 77% of all the drug busts in the EU.
Another important issue that needs to be taken care of is high-risk opioid users, whose estimated number could go up to 1.3 million users. According to the study, 82% of the fatal overdoses in the European Union