Europeans have a new favourite drug

By mopsie · Jun 28, 2006 · ·
  1. mopsie
    June 27 2006 at 02:53AM

    Brussels - Hallucinogenic "magic mushrooms" are the latest trendy drug among young Europeans because of a growing interest in organic products and Internet marketing, the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) said on Monday.

    The report, released in Lisbon but also made available in Brussels, coincided with a European Commission decision to launch wide-ranging consultations on curbing drug consumption.

    European Justice Affairs Commissioner Franco Frattini called for a harmonisation of anti-drug legislation across the European Union and said the focus should also be on eradicating international networks which are trafficking drugs around the world.

    The EMCDDA's new study said that among school students in many European countries the use of hallucinogenic ("magic") mushrooms exceeded that of ecstasy.

    The Czech Republic, the Netherlands, France and Belgium recorded the highest consumption rates of up to eight percent while the lowest levels were recorded in Cyprus, Finland and Romania (below 0.5 percent).

    Like LSD, the psychedelic drug of the 1960s, hallucinogens affect people's perceptions, thoughts or emotions. This results in altered interpretations of sensory input, alternate states of consciousness, or hallucinations.

    A total of 150 "smart shops" in the drug user-friendly Netherlands which specialise in legal psychoactive herbal substances, had played a key role in kick-starting the new magic mushroom trend, the EU's drug watchdog said. Market stalls in Ireland and Britain also helped boost the popularity of the drug.

    In addition, the Internet provides "a multilingual marketing channel and e-commerce sales outlets offering doorstep delivery", the agency said.

    "Magic" mushrooms are most popular among clubbers, the EU agency said, adding taking hallucinogenic mushrooms is more common among young people who have used other illegal drugs than among young people who have not.

    According to the European Commission, more than 8 000 people - mainly young men in their 20s and 30s - die of drug overdoses each year. The total number of drug-related deaths - including accidents, violence and Aids - is estimated at over 20 000.

    Drugs are becoming cheaper, purer, stronger and more easily available in Europe, the EU commission highlighted, adding that the drugs industry "is in excellent health".

    "It is truly global, uses the latest technology and knows no national boundaries - unlike much of the political and law enforcement response, which has yet to match the international scale and efficiency of organised crime in this field," the EU executive said.

    Drug consumption and mortality across Europe are at "unprecedented levels and show little sign of coming down", it underlined.

    Any given month, 1.5 million Europeans take cocaine, the commission said, adding that the flows of cocaine and heroine into the continent are rising.

    EU External Relations Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner said that the bloc would remain a major source of funds for countries seeking a way out of their dependence on drug production.

    The EU aid is meant to "to offer new routes out of poverty and strengthen their ability to provide alternatives to drug crops", she said. - Sapa-dpa

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  1. FrankenChrist
    Ahahaha. Good luck.
    Belgian pride! :cool:

    :D Three cheers for the Internet!
    ...aand then the article goes in a completely different direction, not clearly pointing out that mushrooms very probably aren't reponsible for a single one of the undermentioned deaths...
    Note: They are trying to link shrooms to this kind of stuff
    Hurray! :p

  2. stoneinfocus
    A new needed article to sell, to consume and as a result new "Jews" to slaughter by this kind of faschism propaganda and agenda and new cash to flow to the msileading priests and powers.:-/

    It´s siuch a bore in the centurys befor the craftmans and religion destroyed every progress made that was not in their interest, today at least as much will die or have a misreable life, because of the frustration and punishement for things they need or think they need to use, or like having in their lives.

    The conservatives thining everything has to come by itself, just doing what they´re told and risiking nothing, not seeing the millions of hours of work behind the things that seems to happen by themself, and thereby hating everyone who´s doing better, by risking and doing something individually.-but id you destroy those individuals you become a part of this life and something interesting.

    I wonder how good life could be, if we´d just tryto extract all the goodies out of everything instead of the opposite, trying to desteroy any good thing about a drug, a life and so on.How much money could be safed! How much progress could be made! How many new ideas and really satisfaying expereinces could be made and spread by and in anyone!
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