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Figure DLO-4. Indexed trends in reports for offences related to drug use or possession for use in the EU Member States 2001–06


1. The trends represent the available information on the national number of reports for drug law offences (criminal and non-criminal) reported by all law enforcement agencies in the EU Member States; all series are indexed to a base of 100 in 2001 and weighted by country population sizes to form an overall EU trend; the figures between brackets refer to the total number of offences related to drug use/possession as reported in 2006 in countries included in the trends (before weighting).

2. The general term 'reports for drug law offences' is used since definitions and study units differ widely between countries. For definitions of the term 'reports for drug law offences', please refer to Drug law offences — methods and definitions.

3. Countries missing offences related to drug use/possession for use information for two or more consecutive years, are not included in the trend calculations: The overall trend is based on 17 countries, the trend for heroin is based on 13 countries, cocaine on 12 and cannabis on 13.

4. Additionally, where 2001 data are missing (4 cases for all use reports, 2 cases for cannabis, heroin and cocaine) 2002 data are used, and for missing 2002 data (1 case for cannabis, heroin and cocaine) have been interpolated from adjacent years.

5. Czech Republic was not included in the trend calculation for cocaine due to the small number of cases reported.

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