Spain: paradise for illegal drug burn-outs
Heroin Takes Center Stage in Spain
As cocaine and cannabis seizures multiplied, heroin seizures skyrocketed. Robberies, drug-related crimes and overdose deaths increased as well.
Cocaine and "Highway 10"
Today, the biggest drug threat to Spain is cocaine. Most of the cocaine coming into Europe from South America enters via Spain. Shipments leave Colombia or Venezuela and arrive in impoverished Western Africa countries with corrupt law enforcement agencies. Because the closest point between South America and Africa occurs at about 10 degrees latitude north, some law enforcement personnel refer to this trafficking route as "Highway 10.
Spain has suffered from the highest cocaine prevalence rates in Europe for the last decade, even exceeding U.S. figures in recent years.
Spain Cannabis Highly Available to All Age Groups
Only Italy's rate of cannabis use was higher than Spain's, but Spain had a higher number of people who were daily users of the drug, meaning that theyrun a much higher risk of addiction
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