The consumption of drugs in European countries continues to increase, according to the latest report of the International Narcotics Control Board, a body that reports to the UN, referring to the year 2018. There are some worrying developments. For example, the loss of the sense of risk in the use of some narcotics, a phenomenon that is widespread among young people under 30 years of age. The hashish and its derivatives, which represents the lion's share of registered consumption -with 71 percent of all apprehensions carried out by the different police- also benefits from the legislative confusion that authorizes in some countries its use as drug.
However, and you just have to shop around the psychiatry rooms of hospitals, the medium and long-term effects of cannabis use, especially in the case of synthetic derivatives, which are increasingly common in the market, can be devastating. . One of the factors highlighted by the Control Board is the percentage increase in the active ingredient of cannabis (THC) in production. If in 2013, hashish resin contained between 9 and 12 percent of THC, in 2017 it was detected between 14 and 21 percent. On the trafficking of cannabis and its derivatives, Morocco remains the largest producer of resin and Spain, the transit country by antonomasia. But more and more domestic plantations are being discovered in areas of central Europe. The second drug by prevalence is, of course, cocaine.
The United Kingdom, Denmark, the Netherlands and Spain are the main consumers, although in our country the massive influx of foreign tourists influences. The trafficking routes of cocaine and its derivatives are varying considerably. Thus, Belgium has for several years overtaking Spain by number of seizures, which only has one explanation: the greater use of large port centers in northern Europe by drug traffickers. Amphetamines, methamphetamines and other synthetic drugs, such as ecstasy, also have a large presence in the continental market. The majority of amphetamines come from China, but laboratories installed in countries such as the Czech Republic or Hungary are becoming more common. And, finally, worries about the increasingly high consumption of analgesics derived from opium.