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Since the mid 1960s, all 12 countries now constituting the European Community have seen a substantial increase in drug addiction. Although the problem has not assumed the same proportions in every country, the fact that there are now approximately 800,000 addicts in the Community is a major cause for concern. In tackling the problem of supply and demand, all the countries involved have opted to bring legal solutions to bear alongside health, education and economic initiatives and, since the early 1970s, have made efforts to introduce effective legislation. However, with 1992 in view, the need for concerted European action on drugs is ever more pressing. This report presents an overview and analysis of legislation and judicial practice in respect of demand in the 12 member countries, as a prerequisite to further coordination and cooperation.

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Authors: LEROY B, United Nations Division of Narcotic Drugs, Paris (FR)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 13447 EN/FR (1991) 181 pp., FS, ECU 15
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ISBN: ISBN 92-826-0594-9
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