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Germany

  • By: Stephen T. Schroth, Jason A. Helfer & Daniel O. Gonshorek
  • In: Encyclopedia of Drug Policy
  • Edited by: Mark A. R. Kleiman & James E. Hawdon
  • Subject:Public Policy, Drug Crimes

Germany has Europe's largest economy and is the second most populous nation in Europe. Like most highly developed nations, Germany is not a major producing nation of drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, or heroin; however, it is a source of synthetic drugs and precursor chemicals for South American cocaine processors. Rates of use in Germany are moderate by European standards. Based on United Nations (UN) estimates, slightly less than 5 percent of the population ages 18–64 use cannabis annually. Less than 1 percent of the adult population use cocaine, methamphetamine, or ecstasy annually, and between 0.15 and 0.30 percent of the population are annual opiate users. As in other western European nations, most opiate users in Germany use heroin.

Germany's policies and legislated control efforts pertaining ...

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