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European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction. (2016) Online policy and practice briefings: Responding to problems related to stimulant use.

External website: https://www.emcdda.europa.eu/best-practice/briefin...

Overall cocaine is the most commonly used stimulant in Europe, though in some countries MDMA, amphetamine or methamphetamine may be the dominant stimulant.

Many of the harms from using stimulants are associated with intensive, high-dose or long-term consumption. Route of administration is an important mediating factor, with both stimulant injecting and the smoking of crack cocaine or methamphetamine particularly associated with more problematic patterns of use. However, acute problems can affect even experimental or occasional stimulant users.

Stimulants may be used functionally, for example, to stay awake when driving, working long hours, or when socialising in nightlife settings. This means that some of the responses appropriate to stimulant use are setting specific, or overlap with more generic public health measures. The settings in which they are used and the fact that stimulants are sometimes used in a sexual context also mean that drug-related responses may overlap with responses to sexual health issues, particularly in some groups.


Item Type
Webpage
Publication Type
International, Guideline, Review, Web Resource
Drug Type
CNS stimulants, Cocaine, New psychoactive substance
Intervention Type
Drug therapy, Treatment method, Psychosocial treatment method, Rehabilitation/Recovery, Screening / Assessment
Source
Date
2016
Publisher
European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction
Corporate Creators
European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction
Place of Publication
Lisbon
EndNote
Accession Number
HRB (Not in collection)

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