chapter  6
Drugs, crime and law enforcement
Some issues for Europe
ByNick Dorn, Nigel South
Pages 12

In this chapter we shall provide a rapid over-view of recent developments in European drug use,2 approaches to its control and related issues such as responses to the spread of HIV. We shall briefly review the debates over the nature of any link between drug use and acquisitive or violent crime and question the dominant image of drug markets as monopolistic. We shall also review the development and uptake of domestic legislation and bilateral agreements aimed to facilitate the confiscation of the assets of drug-traffickers. We shall offer some observations on the relevance of the European Single Market for drug use, control and policy, concluding with some observations on existing arenas of cooperation and on the prospects for mutual assistance between law-enforcement agencies in relation to intelligence sharing and operational matters.