Europe’s drug market remains resilient, says the EU drugs agency (EMCDDA) today as it launches in Lisbon its European Drug Report 2016: Trends and Developments. In its annual review, the agency highlights: the health risks of high-potency products; the continued emergence of new substances; and changing patterns of drug use. It also expresses concern over rises in overdose deaths in some countries and the threats posed by internet drug markets. ‘This new analysis highlights the need for Europe’s drug policy agenda to embrace a broader and more complicated set of policy issues than in the past’, states the report.
Dimitris Avramopoulos, European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, says: ‘Europe faces a growing problem with drugs. New psychoactive substances, stimulants, heroin and other opioids continue to be in high demand and supply, with major impacts on public health. That is why the 2016 European Drug Report is an important addition to our evidence base on the drugs problem and a helpful tool for European policymakers to shape policies and actions to address it. With this knowledge in hand, we will continue to call on EU Member State authorities, third countries, internet companies and civil society to redouble cooperation in fighting this global challenge’.