Study Finds Europeans Love to Get High — And Their Drugs Are Stronger and Purer Than Ever

The purity and potency of illegal drugs is Europe is on the rise, according to a new report by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA). In its annual analysis of European drug trends, the EMCDDA also found that heroin use was in decline, that London's sewers had the highest concentration of cocaine among all European capitals, and that two new psychoactive substances hit the market every week.

According to the report, more than 80 million adults — nearly a quarter of the EU's population — have tried an illicit substance at some point in their lives. Cannabis is Europe's most popular drug, followed by cocaine. According to the survey, 1 percent of European adults smoke cannabis "daily or almost daily." Illicit drugs are involved in 3.4 percent of all deaths of Europeans ages 15-39.

The EMCDDA found that 19.3 million Europeans ages 15-64 had used cannabis...

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