Trends in Drug Supply and Possession Offenses in the EU, 2012

"There has been no major shift in the balance between drug law offences related to use and those related to supply compared with previous years. In most (22) European countries, offences related to drug use or possession for use continued to comprise the majority of drug law offences in 2010, with Spain, France, Hungary, Austria and Turkey reporting the highest proportions (85โ€“93%) (32).
"Between 2005 and 2010, there was an estimated 19% increase in the number of offences related to drug use in Europe. Some country differences can be seen in this analysis, as the number of offences related to use increased in 18 countries and fell in seven during this period. There has, however, been an overall decrease in drug use offences reported in the most recent data (2009โ€“10) (Figure 3). Offences related to the supply of drugs show an estimated increase during the period 2005โ€“10 of about 17% in the European Union. Over this period, 20 countries report an increase in supply-related offences, while Germany, Estonia, the Netherlands, Austria and Poland report an overall decline (33)."


European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, "Annual report 2012: the state of the drugs problem in Europe" (Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union, November 2012), Catalog No. TDAC12001ENC, doi:10.2810/64775, pp. 35-36.