Report on the Global Drugs Market

The European Commission presents its report Global Illicit Drugs Markets 1998-2007. It is part of the EU Strategy on Drugs 2005-2012. The report finds that the drug problem generally lessened in rich countries and worsened in a few large developing or transitional countries.

The global number of users of cocaine and heroin expanded over the 1998-2007 period. Cannabis use has become part of adolescent development in many Western countries.

According to the report the markets for illegal drugs are mostly competitive, not vertically integrated or dominated by major dealers or cartels. An important finding is that the overwhelming majority of those involved in the drug trade make very modest incomes. Only a few individuals in the trafficking, smuggling and wholesale sector make great fortunes but that accounts for a small share of the total income.

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