Estonia leads the EU in the use of amphetamines by young people and holds second place after the Czech Republic for ecstasy use, the results of a fresh European study indicate.
According to the report by the European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) published Nov. 22, 5.5 percent of Estonian residents in the 15-24 age group had used amphetamine within the past year. This is the highest ratio in Europe, with Latvia reporting three and Lithuania a little over one percent, according to the results of the survey carried by Postimees.
More than six percent had used ecstasy, which places Estonia second after the Czech Republic, where the percentage was 12.
Katri Abel-Ollo, researcher with Estonia's national drug and addiction monitoring center, explained that the Estonian data reflect the situation in 2003, whereas the figures for other countries usually are either for 2004 or 2005. This could mean that the current ratios are even higher.