Coca production in Colombia and Afghanistan fell in 2010, while output increased in Myanmar and Peru, according to a study released Thursday by the UN Office of Drugs and Crime. The use of cocaine — the price of which varies greatly among rich countries — declined in North America, but continued to rise in Europe and South America.
EVERY year the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime publishes a report with lots of fascinating data on the production and consumption of illegal drugs around the world. This year’s report highlights a few interesting trends: despite all the effort put into the war on drugs, the street price of cocaine in Europe has dropped relentlessly over the past two decades (even adjusting for inflation and impurity). This may explain why Europe is now almost as big a market for cocaine producers as America. The numbers we have picked out below show the variations in price between a selection of different countries, as well as consumption per person in those places.