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  • 1. Report of the International Narcotics Control Board (2010) UK statistics
  • 2. Number of detected illicit cannabis cultivation sites of commercial size in the UK
  • 3. Cannabis herb seized by customs authorities
    • The United Kingdom and the Netherlands were the main destination countries for cannabis herb in Western Europe, representing 83 per cent of the amount seized in the sub-region.
  • 4. Ecstasy?
    • In the United Kingdom, an analysis of “ecstasy” tablets over the period 2006 -2009 showed a decrease in MDMA content and an increase in piperazine content.
      • also called  hexahydropyrazine , anthelmintic drug used in the treatment of intestinal roundworm infection in humans and domestic animals (including poultry) and against pinworm infection in humans. Its action causes worms to be paralyzed and then eliminated in the stool. ( Encyclopædia Britannica )
  • 5. Khat
    • The Netherlands and the United Kingdom are the hubs for almost all smuggling of khat.
      • But it doesn’t all stay here:
    • Khat shipped to the United Kingdom is generally transported on to Finland and Norway in air passenger baggage or by air mail
  • 6. Heroin
    • Western Europe comprises the world’s largest illicit market for heroin, with approximately 60 per cent of the total illicit supply of heroin in Europe being accounted for by four countries ( United Kingdom , Italy, France and Germany).
      • Scotland is reported to have the highest annual prevalence of opiate abuse (1.5 per cent) in Western Europe and Central Europe alongside Estonia
  • 7. Death
    • In the United Kingdom, 2,182 drug-related deaths were reported in 2009, an increase of 11.8 per cent compared with 2008.
  • 8. Exporting to Australia
    • Most of the pharmaceutical preparations were purchased on the Internet, a trend that the Australian authorities expect will continue. Most of the shipments seized in the period 2008-2009 had been concealed in mail originating in countries including France, India, South Africa, Thailand, the United Kingdom and the United States