Number of heroin users drops while cannabis users increase in Cyprus 

Number of heroin users drops while cannabis users increase in Cyprus 

Nicosia, October 13, 2015/Independent Balkan News Agency

During the last years, the number of heroin users in Cyprus has dropped, while cannabis users have increased, according to the 2014 report of the Cyprus Anti-Drugs Council, released on Tuesday.

According to the report, 57% of the cannabis users and 22% of the heroin users seek treatment. In 2014 ten deaths of drugs users were recorded in Cyprus. Cyprus is among the countries with the lowest percentage of illegal substances use in Europe.

In 2012, 33 individuals using mainly opioids, apart from heroin, received treatment, while in 2013 their number reached 48. In 2014, 60 individuals using mainly “Oxycodone” and 15 persons using mainly other opioids received treatment.

Cannabis remains the most common illegal substance used, most frequently by people aged between 18 and 22 years old.

Source: CNA