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GERMANY

Germany sees rise in cannabis use

08 Oct 2021. More people in Germany are using cannabis, cocaine and ecstasy, the government's latest drug report revealed, reports Deutsche Welle.

The annual report reveals the latest data on legal and illegal drugs, as well as developments in the trafficking of illegal substances. Cannabis dominates the illegal drug market in Germany, with nearly 59 per cent comprising of all drug trade crimes in 2020.

Crimes involving heroin and ecstasy dropped during the pandemic, a development likely tied to the closure of bars and clubs, the report said.

The following figures are compared to data from the last survey that was carried out in 2015:

Tobacco and alcohol consumption is trending downward

The number of adults who said they smoke dropped by 5 percentage points from 28.7% to 23.4%

Cannabis use among young adults (aged 18 to 25) rose by almost 9 percentage points, up from 15.3% to 24.1%

According to the report, the pandemic has severely affected both the illicit drug trade in Germany and efforts to help addicts.