Cocaine presents a real, immediate and significant danger to the people that take it and is detrimental to society as a whole. These proceedings of an international seminar on cocaine abuse was organized in response to the growing alarm about the increasingly widespread use of this drug in Europe. Scientific understanding of the mechanisms and effects of cocaine is relatively scarce and undoubtedly insufficient. There is also a lack of systematic, accurate and comparable information on the quantitative and qualitative aspects of the supply and demand of cocaine. This seminar enabled a wide and fruitful comparison to take place, giving rise to many points for reflection, a general evaluation of the phenomenon and concrete indications on the actions to be taken in order to provide realistic objectives for prevention and control activities and the methodologies to reach them.
Publisher: United Nations