The EU’s drugs agency published its annual report – and the usual raft of other mini-reports – last week in Lisbon.
The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (to give its needlessly long name) produces excellent research and adds to its authority every year.
Emcdda is probably little known outside the ‘drugs bubble’ of researchers, health experts, treatment bodies, relevant government/EU departments and a small circle of journalists. But the influence of the work it is producing is having wider and deeper impact. And the drugs issue is one area where the role of the EU is set to grow.
Their website http://www.emcdda.europa.eu/ is a great source for anyone interested in the area.
I wrote three stories about the annual report for the Irish Examiner, two of which were published.
The first is on Ireland’s rating as one of the top users of synthetic drugs in the EU and the scale of the problem facing Europe from an increasing array of substances, many of them containing a mixture of drugs and/or unknown substances. http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/levels-of-abuse-of-new-synthetic-drugs-alarming-214143.html
Second story concerns the mushrooming (sorry!) of cannabis factories across Europe, including Ireland, where they are being uncovered every second or third day it seems..http://www.irishexaminer.com/text/ireland/cwkfeykfeycw/