Ireland high on cocaine use table

Thu, Jan 31, 2013, 00:00

Ireland has one of the highest rates of cocaine use in Europe, according to the findings of a new report.

The State has also been identified by international law enforcement agencies as a gateway for cannabis smuggled from Morocco into the rest of Europe.

The findings are contained in a Europol and the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) overview of drug trafficking throughout the continent published today.

The report also found:

1 - Ireland is used by Vietnamese and Chinese organised crime gangs cultivating home-grown cannabis.

2 - The State has the highest rate of use of new drugs or so-called “legal highs”.

3 - Polish and Lithuanian gangs are reportedly trafficking drugs from the Netherlands into Ireland.

4 - In the study, Ireland is identified as among a “handful” of countries where cocaine use remains “relatively high”, particularly among young adults.

5 - Spain, the UK, Italy, and Denmark were also identified as having high rates of cocaine use.

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