Europe warned of cocaine crisis

Nov 03, 2006

The U.N. narcotics czar warns that Europe is headed toward a cocaine crisis as many governments there continue to be in denial of the problem.

Speaking at an international meeting in London Thursday, Antonio Maria Costa, executive director of the U.N.Office on Drugs and Crime, said too many European governments are only focusing on the supply end in South America but not on consumption in their backyards. He said the worst offenders are Spain, England and Italy.

Costa said the stable or even falling demand for cocaine in most of the world is being undercut by an upward trend in Europe.

"You are heading for a crisis. We are facing a pandemic, and not only because of coca addiction by high profile entertainers, executives, models or socialites who flaunt their illicit drug use in words and deeds. This is a symptom of a deeper problem -- one made worse by uncritical reporting in the media," he said.

Copyright 2006 by United Press International

Explore further: New Dominican law OKs abortion if life at risk

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

South Africa: Fight over rhino poaching escalates

Apr 24, 2013

(AP)—A U.S. firm recently gave smart phones to some game rangers in South Africa to help them track poachers who kill rhinos for their horns. An anti-poaching ad campaign in Vietnam, a key illegal market, ...

Gabon burns five tonnes of ivory

Jun 27, 2012

Gabonese President Ali Bongo on Wednesday set fire to five tonnes of ivory worth millions of euros to mark his government's commitment to battling poachers and saving elephants.

Interpol says organised gangs behind internet crime boom

May 08, 2012

Interpol president Khoo Boon Hui said on Tuesday that organised international gangs are behind most internet scams and that cyber crime's estimated cost is more than that of cocaine, heroin and marijuana trafficking ...

Brazil fears traffickers may have killed natives

Aug 10, 2011

Officials in Brazil have said they had no news of an isolated tribe of Amazonian natives who may have been attacked by suspected Peruvian drug traffickers, amid fears of a bloodbath.

Europol says internet main tool for organised crime

May 04, 2011

The Internet has become a major tool in European organised crime, which uses it for drugs and human trafficking and money laundering as well as cybercrime, Europol's top official said Wednesday.

Recommended for you

The hunt for botanicals

Dec 19, 2014

Herbal medicine can be a double-edged sword and should be more rigorously investigated for both its beneficial and harmful effects, say researchers writing in a special supplement of Science.

Mozambique decriminalises abortion to stem maternal deaths

Dec 19, 2014

Mozambique has passed a law permitting women to terminate unwanted pregnancies under specified conditions, a move hailed by activists in a country where clandestine abortions account for a large number of maternal deaths.

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.