La cocaína, un problema europeo

Los líderes europeos deben abordar con seriedad el problema de la cocaína en Europa. La "dama blanca" está seduciendo a una creciente cantidad de europeos, y seguir negando el problema no hará más que empeorar las consecuencias.

Tradicionalmente, la cocaína era un problema de Estados Unidos, hasta el punto que este país inició una gran campaña contra los vendedores y consumidores de cocaína crack en las ciudades del país, los narcotraficantes y los proveedores en los Andes. Sin embargo, hoy la demanda de cocaína en la mayor parte del mundo es estable o va en disminución. El cultivo de coca se ha reducido en un cuarto en los últimos cinco años, y los decomisos de cocaína casi se han duplicado. En el año 2005 se decomisó un impresionante 42% de toda la cocaína mundial.

Sólo Europa da la nota disonante. El consumo de cocaína va en aumento, especialmente en España, Gran Bretaña e Italia. Hay abundancia de evidencia circunstancial de trazas de cocaína encontradas en billetes y en la red de aguas.

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