New action plan to fight drug use
17 March, 2017
Building on the findings of the evaluation of the EU Drugs Strategy for 2013-2020 and the Action Plan for 2013-2016, the Commission proposed last Wednesday a new EU Action Plan on Drugs for the period 2017-2020, the EU press service reported. It aims at providing a strengthened response to the newly-emerging health and security challenges in the area of illicit drug use and trafficking, while at the same time maintaining and updating the core policy areas and cross-cutting themes of the overall EU Drugs Strategy.
“The use of illicit drugs continues to be a considerable challenge in many of our societies, affecting, directly and indirectly, the lives of millions of people in Europe. The human, social but also economic costs of drugs addiction are very high. Today's Action Plan clearly outlines actions and objectives to tackle the new health and security challenges,” Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos said.
The new Action Plan identifies new priority areas for action, including the monitoring of new psychoactive substances as well as the use of new communication technologies for prevention of drug abuse and evidence gathering on the potential connection between drug trafficking and financing of terrorist groups, organised crime, migrant smuggling or trafficking in human beings. According to the Commission data, approximately 88 million adults in the EU, or almost one quarter of the adult population, are estimated to have tried illicit drugs in their lifetime.