European Drug Trends

And the Solution to Addiction

Drug Abuse in Southern Europe

In Europe, one organization monitors the substance abuse trends in all the European Union countries — the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction or the EMCDDA. It was formed two decades ago to provide information for medical and governmental bodies all over the continent. From one country to another in Europe, drugs flow so freely that the phenomena of drug use and addiction tend to be similar in adjacent countries.

The EMCDDA works with Europol to fight back against drug traffickers so as to put these criminals out of business. In 2013, the new EMCDDA reports on drug trends showed that much greater drug control activities were needed. Drug traffickers had begun to use commercial transportation companies to move their products around Europe, which means this illicit trade just blends in with legitimate business.

The other change in trafficking pattern in recent years is the role of West Africa in getting drugs into Europe. Several years ago, the American market for cocaine began to stagnate, which drove South American drug manufacturers to diversify their markets. More drugs began to travel by ship to Australia and more went by ship or plane to Western Africa where law enforcement powers were weak.

The Africans who cooperated with this effort began to be paid in a share of the cocaine that was being trafficked, and then the South Americans and the West Africans both moved their drugs into Europe, mostly by way of Spain. As a result, in some neighborhoods in Spanish cities, there are measurable amounts of cocaine in the air.

Drugs Go Both Ways

Rave Drug Use

Some other drugs have long originated in Europe and then were shipped overseas to consumers. Ecstasy was manufactured in the Netherlands for many years, with much of their product arriving in US nightclubs and at music festivals, raves and parties. The knowhow behind some of the synthetic drugs also originated in Europe and this has meant that some kinds of drug problems hit European or Commonwealth individuals first. The UK has long had a problem with mephedrone, one of the chemicals found in "bath salts."

No country is fully able to isolate itself from the drug trade. What that means is that demand reduction must originate from within each country. The population must be educated on the danger of drug abuse and it must become popular to be drug free.

Narconon Helps Recovery

Addiction exists in every corner of the world. Even in primitive areas, people make alcoholic beverages. When a person's burden becomes too great or when he thinks it is, he may hide behind a drink or six just as readily as a partygoer in New York City may take a line of cocaine.

On six continents — including, of course, Europe — the Narconon program helps bring people back to life after addiction. Heavy drug abuse saps a person's ability to live and enjoy life. It draws a dark shade over every experience, taking away the brightness. Perceptions dim, communication skills dwindle, honestly and integrity deteriorate.

Bringing this person back to life can be done and is being done every day at Narconon centers around the world.

Narconon in Northern Europe

Narconon Denmark Drug Rehab

In Copenhagen, Denmark, a public information office exists that provides services for all the public and referrals for the Northern European Narconon centers. There are rehab centers or drug education centers in Denmark, Belgium, Germany, Hungary, Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands, Macedonia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

In those locations where there are Narconon rehab programs running, these centers provide the best and most reliable way for a person to leave a life of addiction behind. With a high success rate, the Narconon program may be a person's best chance at a lasting sobriety, even after years or decades of addiction.

If there is anyone in Northern Europe who becomes interested in opening a new Narconon center or who would like to start fighting drug abuse with drug prevention lectures, they would contact the Copenhagen office to get the ball rolling. And for anyone in Northern Europe who needs information on drug rehabilitation or education, the staff in the Copenhagen office are the right place to go. The Copenhagen staff also help people learn about the rehab and prevention services available from Narconon centers through their outreach activities.

These staff may also provide the service of speaking at conferences or seminars for anyone who wants to know about drug trends, drug rehab or how young people can be kept safe from drug abuse.

For more information about Narconon centers in Northern Europe, or about drug prevention or rehabilitation, call a rehab specialist today.



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