OASI representatives attend symposium on drug abuse/trafficking
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Three representatives from the OASI Foundation in Gozo, have attended a symposium in Brussels – Europe’s Action Plan on drugs: Cooperation and Collaboration for the Reduction of Demand and Supply.
The International symposium, which was organised by Public Policy Exchange, provided an opportunity for practitioners, responsible authorities and stakeholders across Europe to discuss the latest challenges and consider the necessary steps forward to win the fight against illicit drug trafficking and substance abuse.
Public Policy Exchange said that according to the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA), the drug market remains the largest and most dynamic illicit market in the EU.
It noted that each year, illicit drugs worth approximately 24 billion Euros are being sold, whilst two in every three organised crime syndicates are involved in drug trafficking.
EMCDDA highlighted that the most popular drug is Cannabis, with over 80 million European citizens having used it at least once. Cocaine and amphetamines are also prominent, being consumed by 17.5 and 12.5 million Europeans respectively.
Photograph: OASI Foundation