On 22 September, the EU released the 2020 edition of this report, which included mention of the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic on illegal drug supply.  Among the things highlighted are that – Large drug shipments are increasingly intercepted; Cocaine’s role in Europe’s drug problem is increasing; The potential for increased heroin use and existing harms raise concerns’ a need for understanding the public health impact of high-potency cannabis and new products; Increased and diverse drug production within Europe; Continuing availability of high-strength MDMA products highlights need for greater user awareness; Drug overdose is increasingly associated with an ageing population; New tools and innovative strategies are needed to support the scaling-up of hepatitis C treatment; New psychoactive substances have become a more persistent problem; Growing complexity in the drug market poses regulatory challenges and health risks; and the appearance of new synthetic opioids is a worrying example of continuing market adaptability.

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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