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One in ten Slovak young people have tried Ecstasy

SLOVAKIA is in the top ranks of EU countries when it comes to the proportion of its young people - aged 15 to 34 - who have tried the synthetic drug Ecstasy at least once. That’s one of the findings from this year’s Annual Report on the State of the Drugs Problem in Europe, which was published on November 6 in Brussels by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA), the SITA newswire reported.

SLOVAKIA is in the top ranks of EU countries when it comes to the proportion of its young people - aged 15 to 34 - who have tried the synthetic drug Ecstasy at least once. That’s one of the findings from this year’s Annual Report on the State of the Drugs Problem in Europe, which was published on November 6 in Brussels by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA), the SITA newswire reported.

By this measure, Slovakia is in fourth place, with 8.4 percent of young people reporting they had tried Ecstasy at least once. Only in the Czech Republic (14.6 percent), Great Britain (13 percent) and Ireland (9 percent) had a greater proportion of young people tried the drug.

“It is estimated that 7.5 million young Europeans (5.6 percent) have already tried Ecstasy, while 2.5 million (1.8 percent) admitted having tried it last year,” the annual report of the EMCDDA informs.

But the estimates are higher if attention is focused on younger age groups. “Among youths aged between 15 and 24 lifelong prevalence, i.e. having tried the drug at least once, rises from 0.4 percent to 18.7 percent, although most countries claim assessments from 2.5 to 8 percent,” the report states.

Ecstasy, which is also known as a “dance drug” because of its use by young people in dance clubs or at music festivals, is – like most illegal drugs – used more by men than by women.


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