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Montanari, Linda and Pasinetti, Manuala and Guarita, Bruno and Royuela, Luis and Mulligan, Kobie and Vicente, Julian and Klempova, Danica and Pirona, Alessandro and Gyarmathy, Anna (2013) Stimulant use among clients entering drug treatment in Europe. Drugs: Education Prevention and Policy, 20, (1), pp. 48-55. 10.3109/09687637.2012.713410.

The aim of this article is to explore the prevalence of primary illicit stimulant use among people who enter drug treatment in Europe. Drawing on information provided by European Union treatment centres in 2009 (excluding Latvia, Lithuania, Portugal and Norway), the European Monitoring Centre for Drug and Drug Addiction showed data in relation to the analysis of two of the most problematic drugs: cocaine and stimulants other than cocaine. The analysis reached three conclusions: the primary use of stimulants (cocaine and amphetamines) among clients entering treatment appears to be widespread throughout Europe; stimulant use including different forms of stimulants varied from country to country and two geographical patterns emerge across Europe: North-Eastern European countries show high levels of prevalence of problematic use of amphetamines and methamphetamines, while South-Western countries report high levels of problematic use of cocaine.

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