A new report on recreational drugs use says that Dutch youngsters use relatively more drugs than most other European nations, and top the list for ecstasy and amphetamines.
Some 6.6% of 15 to 34-year-olds have used ecstasy at least once in the past year, far more than number two on the list, Ireland, with 4.4%. Some 3% use amphetamines.
The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, which authored the report, say Dutch youngsters are second in the list when it comes to cocaine use but just sixth for cannabis, despite the Dutch policy of turning a blind eye to marijuana use.
In terms of all adults, 26% of the Dutch have used marijuana at least once, well below the 40% recorded in France, which tops the list. The report’s figures date from 2015.
The report also says the Netherlands and Spain remain major hubs for cannabis and cocaine trafficking, while Holland and Belgium are among Europe’s leading producers of ecstasy and amphetamines.
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