How much does opium cost
Prices due to overproduction in the basement
This is one of the main points of the 2006 annual report on the state of the drugs problem in Europe, published on Thursday by the European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) in Brussels.
Prices fell by at least 20 percent
The experts at the Lisbon observatory analyzed the development of prices for illicit drugs in Europe between 1999 and 2004. Conclusion: "The street price for illegal narcotic drugs has fallen in recent years and is probably lower than ever before."
The price for cannabis resin dropped by 19 percent, that for cocaine by 22 percent and for brown heroin by as much as 45 percent. The price of amphetamines fell by 20 percent and that of ecstasy by 47 percent - taking into account the inflation rate in each case.
However, there are big differences from drug to drug: If the cannabis user in Portugal pays 2.3 euros for a gram of cannabis resin, in Norway it is ten euros.
Cocaine costs 41 euros per gram in Belgium, but 100 euros in Cyprus, Romania and Norway. The most commonly used form of heroin (brown) has a price of twelve euros in Turkey and 141 euros in Sweden.
Supply soon exceeds demand
The reasons for the development lie in large part in the unchecked production of illegal drugs. The heroin used in Europe is mainly produced in Afghanistan, which is the world leader in the "supply" of illegal opium. In 2005, the country's share of illegal opium production was likely to have been 89 percent (4,100 tons), the report said.
Reference is also made to the most recent analysis by the UN Narcotics Control Council. This suggests that the recent increase in (heroin) production could result in the quantities available worldwide even exceeding demand. The amount of heroin seized also increased. But that was around 19 tons in Europe in 2004 - and only a minimal part of the imported narcotic drug.
Cocaine on the rise
There is also more and more cocaine. The experts: "According to the UN Narcotics Control Council, global cocaine production rose to 687 tons in 2004, with Colombia (56 percent), Peru (28 percent) and Bolivia (16 percent) being the main suppliers." In 2004, 74 tons of cocaine were seized in Europe. That was 20 percent less than the year before.
The consumers are primarily 15 to 34-year-old men from the urban area. After cannabis, cocaine is already the second most widely used drug.
- Who are some ambidextrous tennis players
- Did you help someone today?
- What counts as a close friend
- Who would like to be my business partner
- What Portuguese food should travelers try
- Can a lisp ever go away
- Should we give more to charity
- What should tourists avoid in New Zealand
- What is your ethnicity
- Can you start a business without money
- What would happen if I stopped working
- What is the worst kind of parenting
- How to deal with a submissive lie
- What are some interesting facts about body language
- Why do protesters want to be arrested?
- Which cities have the best street meat
- What did the Tiananmen Square massacre show?
- Which method to use for the ordering system
- Which entry-level jobs pay a reasonable wage
- Indonesians love Indian food
- Pays Medicaid for home care
- Bitcoin could ever stabilize
- Which package for hospital during pregnancy
- How can Indonesia improve its economy
- Can people change their lives when they are 50?
- What do we dream and why
- What are some examples of great code
- How do you start a recruiting company
- What makes some a rebel?
- Which online dating site should I use
- Humble women are stuck
- Why does my dog lick my cat
- Can Trustpilot be trustworthy
- If China is evil, why