An increase in cannabis and cocaine use in Cyprus is on the rise over the recent past years, according to the European Drug Report 2020 presented on Tuesday by the Cyprus National Addictions Authority (NAAC).
At the same time, a slight decrease in heroin users and an increase in young people using cocaine is recorded. Along with a decrease in drug-related deaths – from 12 in 2018 to five in 2019.
According to the report, cocaine is the most popular stimulant in the general population.
There is also an increase of two percentage points from the previous research in those who stated that they had smoked cannabis – even just once.
Specifically, from 12.1% in 2016, this percentage increased to 14.1%.
Additionally, percentages for ongoing drug use in the current year increased from 1.2% to 2.2%, whilst those for recent drug use went up to 4% in 2019 from 2.2% in 2016.
The use of illegal substances in the general population based on the report is currently presented as follows:…