Seizures involving containers have reportedly gone up sixfold since In an annual overview of drug trends across the continent, the EU drugs agency, the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction EMCDDAfound that although the price of cocaine had remained stable, an increase in purity, first seen incontinued in The US and Britain shut up shop in Bissau inthe Americans only last July reopening a diplomatic office in response to the cocaine raids.
Drug use in the EU Cocaine is the most commonly used illicit stimulant in Europe. According to the report, the increasing importance of Brazil suggests that Bolivia and Peru are expanding their role as suppliers for the European market. While the use of the Class A substance grew among a small number of European cities, the UK still takes first stop for highest cocaine use.
Behind the increase was a percent spike in Dominican Republic seizures, which reached 86 metric tons in Coverage of the Caribbean Central America and the Caribbean was the only area to see a rise in cocaine seizures inwith confiscations nearly doubling to metric tons from 78 metric tons a year earlier, according to the EMCDDA.
The latest seizure, from a Liberian ship - Blue Atlantic - intercepted by the French navy last month, was 2. One of the regulars points out the people who represent the various stages of the cocaine supply chain from South America via Guinea-Bissau in West Africa to the UK and the rest of Europe.
All their crops died because of that drug. More than 88 million adults in Europe are estimated to have tried illicit drugs at some point in their lives. According to the United Nationsthere was an increase of cocaine trafficking through Venezuela since By day, Guinea-Bissau looks like the impoverished country it is.
This is especially true in developing all countries, such as Hondurasbut is also an issue for many developed countries worldwide. Drug related crime has fallen by a fifth sincereducing harm to communities, while drug use is at its lowest level in 11 years Vernon Coaker.
With European markets saturated, experts believe drug barons are increasingly turning their attention to the region. Legal highs lurking in your kitchen cupboard? Impact on health The EU drugs agency says the rise in demand for treatment is an indication of how cocaine use is affecting public health.
Figures published last year for England and Wales showed a "statistically significant" rise in the proportion of to year-olds reporting ecstasy use in the last year, up from 3. A year-old man who told his story said addicts rarely keep to a single type of drug.
The report estimated that 17 million European adults aged 15—64or 5. When weekend samples only are taken into account, the concentration for London rises toaccording to the figures.
But now West African nations are sounding the alarm over new trends of increased domestic drug use that could boost theft, gang violence, and health problems.
Koundoul blames lack of regulation and the constant movement of people. Getty "Intoxications and even deaths associated with this drug are highlighted in our new report.
Although concrete figures are hard to come by, experts said there was clear evidence of a rise in local use of cocaine and crack.
InSight Crime Analysis One of the most interesting trends highlighted by the report is that traffickers prefer to transit through the Caribbean rather than Central America on their way to Europe.
Between andthe total quantity of cocaine seized each year in Africa was around kg. Beneath red-tiled roofs, giant candles flicker in the gentle, humid evening breeze - it could be mistaken for an exotic tourist destination.
The warnings came during a meeting of seven West African governments who, backed by the United Nations, France and Spain, are seeking to implement declarations of intent to curb trafficking. Spain and Portugal are the main points of entry into Europe. As a young Senegalese student in Paris, he was lured to the back alleys of the Rue de Flandres and Gare de Lyon, notorious hotbeds for drugs at the time.
He observed an increase in the use of hard drugs among his patients, and traveled to Dakar for training. Getty Cocaine is the most commonly used illicit stimulant drug in Europe, with an estimated 2. Ecuador and Argentina are also mentioned as departure points for the drug.
The agency also warned reports indicate an increased availability of high-dose MDMA tablets, as well as in powder and crystal forms.
Penalties often depend on the type of drug and its classification in the country into which it is being traffickedthe quantity trafficked, where the drugs are sold and how they are distributed.
The report illustrates how criminal groups must be consistently creative to survive, noting new smuggling techniques used by drug mules that include ingesting liquid rather than powder cocaine, and concealing drugs in breast implants.Illegal cocaine trade via West Africa.
Cocaine produced in Colombia and Bolivia increasingly has been shipped via West Africa (especially in Cape Verde, Mali, Benin, Togo, Nigeria, Cameroon, Guinea-Bissau and Ghana).
The money is often laundered in countries such as Nigeria, Ghana and Senegal. Cocaine use is on the rise again across the EU, according to the bloc's drugs watchdog. Increased and higher-quality supply from Latin American producers has contributed to the rise. Cocaine is the most widely used illegal stimulant drug in Europe, according to the European Drug Report by the European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug.
Yes, the consumption of cocaine and other hard drugs in the area is increasing.
This affects most of the countries within the region, from Mali to Cape Verde, Nigeria to Sierra Leone, and Ghana to Guinea-Bissau. The World Drug Report showed Nigeria topping the list of hard drug consumers in Africa, with a very high level of cocaine use.
Senegal leads anti-addiction fight as drug lords pump in cocaine and heroin to create new market in West and Central Africa is on the rise. for traffickers smuggling drugs to Europe from. In an annual overview of drug trends across the continent, the EU drugs agency, the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA), found that although the price of cocaine had remained stable, an increase in purity, first seen incontinued in West Africa’s Bight of Benin — between Ghana and Nigeria — as well as the islands of Cape Verde, Madeira and the Canary Islands, make up the second major transit zone for cocaine heading to Europe.Download