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Use of hard drugs in Italy declining

But club-drug use up

Use of hard drugs in Italy declining

(ANSA) - Milan, July 26 - The use of some hard drugs in Italy is declining, but the use of some types of "club drugs" is on the rise, experts said on Thursday. According to research conducted in 17 Italian cities by Milan's Mario Negri Institute and the government's anti-drugs unit, the use of cocaine, heroine, and methamphetamine over the past two years has been dropping. Consumption of marijuana has been stable, while use of ketamine and ecstasy - popular especially among young disco and club-goers - has been rising over the last year. the study said. According to the research, heroine is especially popular in the central regions of Italy, with Perugia leading the pack with five doses per 1,000 inhabitants per day. Cocaine is more popular in Rome and Naples with seven to eight doses per 1,000 inhabitants per day.

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