Cocaine is the most commonly used illicit stimulant drug in Europe, with an estimated 2.4 million young adults between 15 and 34 having taken the drug in the last year. Meanwhile, experts highlighted evidence of a “resurgence” in the use of MDMA – commonly known as ecstasy – around Europe after a decline from peak levels seen in the early to mid 2000s. Figures published last year for England and Wales showed a “statistically significant” rise in the proportion of 16- to 24-year-olds reporting ecstasy use in the last year, up from 3.9 per cent in 2013/14 to 5.4 per cent in 2014/15.
Europe-wide, 2.1 million young adults are estimated to have taken the drug in the previous 12 months. In another report published on Tuesday, the EU agency said current indications suggest that in countries with higher prevalence the use of MDMA is “no longer a niche or subcultural drug”.