EU drug agency, the EMCDDA, are tasked with the ongoing responsibility of monitoring and combating illicit drug use across various European nations. As part of their work the agency works to monitor the most common forms of drug used within Europe. Their ongoing research found that cannabis was overwhelmingly the most commonly used drug in all European countries. Although illegal across Europe the laws for possession remain lenient.
In a recently published study the group looked into the prevalence of other ‘harder’ drugs across the EU. As part of their investigation the group compiled reports from various health organisations who reported on the most commonly found drug seen by paramedics in medical emergencies. From the data compiled the group determined the most commonly used stimulants, finding an interesting divide between East and West, which has yet to be explained.