EU citizens spend over $27bn a year on dope

2016-04-05 19:05


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Brussels - A European Union report says the bloc's citizens spend over $27bn on drugs and 1% of adults use cannabis on an almost daily basis.

Tuesday's report said that 38% of the retail market for drugs was cannabis, accounting for about $10.6bn in annual trade. Behind cannabis, heroin came in second with a value of $7.7bn a year.

The report also said that the drug trade could be seen as a "gateway for radicalisation", with drug offenders pushed toward radical views in jail.

EU officials hinted at some links between the trade and recent extremist attacks, but Europol chief Rob Wainwright said there was no evidence yet of any direct link between the two.

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