Cannabis is the most consumed drug in Europe despite restrictive political and penal measures in place for many years. In spite of that, consumption of other drugs called “soft drugs” is increasing. There is also a strong rise in the production of cocaine in South America which inevitably affects Europe.
While this observation is alarming, it is important to note that Portugal is one of the good pupils in the European area as illustrated by the article extracted from www.touteleurope.eu. This article shows, using figures and diagrams as evidence, that Portugal is one of the countries with the lowest consumption of cannabis (less than 10%*), cocaine (less than 2%**) or ecstasy/MDMA (less than 2%***). As a comparison, France exceeds 40%* for cannabis, between 4 and 6%** for cocaine and also between 4 and 6%*** for ecstasy/MDMA.
Portugal is, despite the decriminalisation of “soft” drugs and “hard” drugs creating controversy in 2001, one of the countries the least affected by the consumption of drugs, which helps to have a good idea of the quality of peaceful life for the Portuguese and their children.