Marijuana is the most commonly consumed drug in the Czech Republic, according to a report by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction.
While the prevalence of illicit drugs in the Czech Republic has been stable in the last few years, cannabis consumption is on the rise among some age groups. The youngest age group, 15-19, as well as those 35-49, are smoking more marijuana than in the past, according to the report.
18.8% of young adults (15-34) in the Czech Republic said that they had smoked marijuana within the last year. By gender, 25.6% of young males, and 11.7% of females said that they had smoked. This is a big difference from other drugs, for example 0.3% reported using cocaine, 3.5% used MDMA, and 2.2% used amphetamines.
Across age groups and genders, 11% of Czechs reported smoking marijuana in the past year. France is the only other European nation where marijuana is this prevalent. Malta has the lowest percent of people who have used marijuana in the last year, at only 1%.
Despite these statistics, home-made methamphetamine, known locally as “pervitin,” is an issue in the Czech Republic. There are 34,200 primary methamphetamine users in the Czech Republic. The report also recognizes heroin and other opioids as an issue, estimating 12,700 primary users.
“Long-term analysis indicates that the estimated total number of problem drug users has increased by more than 50 % over the last 10 years, with slight increases noted for all types of drugs, including injecting drug use,” according the report.
There were 44 drug-related deaths in the Czech Republic in 2015. 73% of those deaths were males. Opioids were the most common cause of death, followed by stimulants. Stimulants, like pervitin, were responsible for about one third of drug-induced deaths in the Czech Republic, according to the report.
You can view the interactive map, displaying the percentage of drug users across Europe. The map breaks the statistics down by age group and drug type.