The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) has released its 2016 Trends and Development Report revealing the Czech Republic to be an epicenter of drug use and manufacture.
In addition to the growing popularity of marijuana and hashish throughout Europe, MDMA and meth use are said to be on the rise. The report notes that most of the methamphetamine produced in Europe comes from the Czech Republic.
In the Czech Republic meth is the most seized drug; of individuals entering a drug-treatment program for the first time nearly 70 percent of them are addicted to meth.
Findings show that young Czechs are still leading the way for cannabis use with at least a fifth of people aged 15 to 34 sparking up last year.
In the 15- to 16-year-old age bracket, however, as many as 42 percent admitted to smoking marijuana or hashish last year, making Czech youth among the EU’s highest.
Just half that many teens from neighboring Slovakia reported marijuana use.
While drug use is reportedly on the rise in the Czech Republic, annual drug-related deaths are low.
Research by the EMCDDA also shows that the Czech Republic distributes more clean needles annually than any other EU country with the exception of Britain.