Czechs smoke marijuana as Europe falls for cocaine

Lenka Málková
23. 11. 2007 15:25
Affection for cannabis is strong here. Very strong
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Here we go again | Foto: Ondřej Besperát, Aktuálně.cz

Brussels - Injecting heroin is no longer popular among European drug users. Instead, cocaine is becoming a drug of choice.

This is the conclusion of an annual report of the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA).

Heroin, one of the most dangerous drugs at all, is consumed by approximately 1,7 million of Europeans. However, compared to the past, the intravenous drugs' popularity among the European youth has significantly decreased.

Ganja still popular with the youth

In the Czech Republic, marijuana and ecstasy are used most frequently. Czechs are European number two in the cannabis consumption among the people under 34.

Europeans and drugs in 2007:

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  • Every day, three millions smoke marijuana.
  • One million entered a realm of cocaine use this year. Overall, the drug is used by as many as 4,5 million people.
  • Nearly 200 thousand intravenous drug-users are infected with HIV.
  • About eight thousand people die every year from drug overdose

Only Spain has a higher share of dope smokers, but the 19,3 per cent of the young Czechs who have tried the popular soft-drug is not far behind the Spain's one-fifth. 

More than half of the marijuana users in the Czech Republic are between 14 and 18.

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Cocaine replacing ecstasy

While the consumption of cannabis is stable (even with some decline) in Europe, cocaine is emerging as a new hit. Produced mostly in Latin America, it enters the Old Continent through the Iberian Peninsula.

With 4,5 million people that have used cocaine this year, it has beaten the Europe's traditional drug of choice - ecstasy.

According to the statistics, every thirtieth Czech has had an affair with this stimulant. Only Australians are more active in this respect.

Varicolored pills containing methylamphetamine are imported to the Czech market mostly from the Netherlands (35 per cent) or Belgium (9 per cent). The domestic production is negligible.

 

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Zdráhalová byla na 1500 metrů patnáctá, další titul má Wüstová

Rychlobruslařka Nikola Zdráhalová si vylepšila na mistrovství světa v Salt Lake City osobní rekord na 1500 metrů a obsadila 15. místo. Pátý titul na této distanci vybojovala favorizovaná Ireen Wüstová z Nizozemska. Martina Sáblíková se po zisku zlata na trojce a stříbra na pětce rozhodla nestartovat.

Sáblíková se po dohodě s trenérem Petrem Novákem odhlásila a šetří síly na závěr sezony. Čeká ji ještě MS ve víceboji v Hamaru a finále Světového poháru v Heerenveenu.

Bilanci Sáblíkové 21 zlatých medailí z MS na jednotlivých tratích i ve víceboji se dnes na jediný titul přiblížila nizozemská rivalka Wüstová. Patnáctistovku vyhrála o 21 setin před ruskou dvojicí Jevgenija Lalenkovová, Jelizaveta Kazelinová.

Zdráhalová si na olympijském oválu v Salt Lake City posunula osobní maximum na 1:54,241 minuty.

Zdroj: ČTK
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