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Spain is the country where the most cocaine is consumed, with an annual prevalence of 3.1% of the population between 15-64 years old, followed by the countries like the United Kingdom (2.4%), Italy (2.2%) and Ireland (1.7%), according to the latest report of the International Board of Narcotics Control (JIFE), of the UN, presented on Wednesday in Vienna.

This document, which collects data from 2007 to 2009, by country, stresses that cocaine use has leveled off in Spain and Italy in recent years, while in the United Kingdom it has declined this last year. However, it is increasing in Albania, Cyprus, Denmark, Norway, and the Czech Republic.

Spain is also one of the main countries of entry of drugs into Europe, particularly through the maritime traffic. Major cocaine seizures made in Spain took place in international waters, two thirds of the total of 2007. only two percent were on beaches and six percent in Spanish Airports.

According to the World’s Customs Organization, in 2009 the Spanish Customs Authorities seized over 27 tons of cannabis resin in the surrounding ocean and along the coast. “It is estimated that 93% of the cannabis resin seized in Spain in 2009 had its origin in Morocco,” the report added.

Also, it is the second largest market of cocaine in Europe, after the United Kingdom and beating the countries of Italy, Germany, and France. In fact, according to this report, “The prevalence levels of cocaine use are higher in the United Kingdom and Spain than the whole United States.”

In Spain, lives 21 percent of the consumers of cocaine of Europe, a percentage only surpassed by the United Kingdom, where 23 percent of the cocaine consumers are. The following countries are: Italy, with 19 percent of the cocaine consumers, Germany (9%) and France (5%).

-Four Million Cocaine Users in the EU-

The average annal prevalence of cocaine abuse in the countries of the European Union is 1.2% i.e. about 4 million of people between the ages of 15-64, according to the European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction.

In the world, between 155 and 250 million people- 3.5-5.7% of the population between the ages of 15-64 took illegal drugs at least one time in 2008. The most consumed was cannabis, chosen by 129-190 million people- among the 2.9 and 4.3% of the population between the ages of 15-64 of the whole world. Followed by amphetamines, cocaine and opiates, especially Heroin.

Between 16 and 38 million people worldwide were problem drug users in 2008, representing between 10-15% of all people who used these substances. That year, between 12 and 30% of problem drug users received treatment, which means that between 11 and 33.5 million people with problems are not addressed.

Source: EuropaPress