Greece

Rise in Problem Drug Use in Greece Attributable to Eurozone Economic Downturn

(Rise in Problem Drug Use in Greece Attributable to Eurozone Economic Downturn) "According to the latest data from the Greek Documentation and Monitoring Centre for Drugs, the number of persons with problematic drug use (heroin as the primary addictive substance) rose by 11.6% between 2008 and 2010 (from 20,181 cases in 2008 to 22,515 cases in 2010)53,54; among those aged 35 to 64 years, the increase was far more intense at 88.2% (from 4875 cases in 2008 to 9176 cases in 2010).

Evidence of Rising Prevalence of HIV Among IDUs in Greece

(Evidence of Rising Prevalence of HIV Among IDUs in Greece) "In 2011, data on serological and behavioural indicators were collected on a total of 2,329 IDUs (not accounting for double counts; data from 63 out of the 70 sites in the DRID [Drug Related Infectious Diseases] network). The number of tests conducted in 2011 in the three different data and the demographic characteristics of the IDUs tested are presented in Table 6.2 and Table 6.3, respectively.

Lack of Current Data on Prevalence of Use Within General Population in Greece

(Lack of Current Data on Prevalence of Use Within General Population in Greece) "General population data based on probabilistic sampling have been available at almost regular intervals (every 5 years) already since the mid-1980s from the surveys conducted first by the Psychiatric Clinic of the Athens University Medical School and later by the UMHRI.

Prevalence of Illicit Drug Use Among Greek Youth Compared with Other EU Nations

(Prevalence of Illicit Drug Use Among Greek Youth Compared with Other EU Nations) "Furthermore, according to the Eurobarometer survey findings, young people in Greece compared to the European / EU27 average:
"• Report lower prevalence rates of use of “legal highs” (a variety of new drugs in the form of powder, pills or herbal mixtures);

Prevalence of Illicit Drug Use Among Youth Compared With Other EU Nations

(Prevalence of Illicit Drug Use Among Youth Compared With Other EU Nations) "According to preliminary data from the 2010 HBSC survey published in the EMCDDA annual report (EMCDDA, 2011), in recent years (2006-2010) there has been an overall stable or decreasing trend in cannabis use in many countries. However, increases have been recorded not only in Greece, but also in the Czech Republic, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania and Slovenia.

Prevalence and Frequency of Cannabis Use Among Youth in Greece, by Gender

(Prevalence and Frequency of Cannabis Use Among Youth in Greece, by Gender) "More students have repeated cannabis use (3 times or more; 7.8%) than they have only used 1-2 times (5.6%). Boys repeated cannabis use in significantly higher proportions compared to girls (11.1% and 4.4%, respectively). Repeated cannabis use (as opposed to 1-2 times use) increases after the age of 16. Finally, students in Athens and Thessaloniki repeat cannabis use in significantly higher proportions compared to other areas (10.6%, 11.1%, and 5.4%, respectively) (Table 2.2)."

Sentences for Drug Convictions in Greece, 2009

(Sentences for Drug Convictions in Greece, 2009) "The maximum sentences imposed for drug use, possession or cultivation of a small quantity for personal use is prison sentences of one year. Of the sentences imposed for drug trafficking / dealing, the total of penalties are prison sentences for a term or for life. Similarly, the sentences imposed for drug cultivation / production are non-commutable prison sentences exceeding five years.

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