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Luxembourg's growing drug problem
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Luxembourg's growing drug problem

14.03.2012 From our online archive
Accessing illicit drugs in Luxembourg has become easier in recent years, a report has revealed, prompting a steady growth in the consumption of certain substances.

Accessing illicit drugs in Luxembourg has become easier in recent years prompting a steady growth in the consumption of certain substances, a report has revealed.

According to the 2011 RELIS report, pooling information on drug use in the Grand Duchy, police noted a growth in the number of seizures of cannabis-related drugs during the last 16 years.

In 1994, police noted 167 cases in which cannabis products were seized, compared with 947 in 2010. During the same period, there was a drop in the quantities of heroin and cocaine being seized.

The report, entitled “The state of the phenomenon of drugs in the Grand Duchy”, hints that wider availability of cannabis resin and herb were among the key contributing factors. It suggested that dealers were increasingly using cafés and private residencies in order to sell their goods, making it harder to police.

Positively, the report found that there had been a drop in the number of deaths caused by drug overdose in Luxembourg. The figure dropped to an all-time low of 3.5 deaths per 100,000 people in 2010, down from 5.9 per 100,000 people in 2000.

During the last 16 years, the age of an average drug taker in the Grand Duchy rose by three years, from 28 years and four months in 1995 to 31 years and seven months in 2010.