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Пазарът на наркотици в България
The Drug Market in Bulgaria

Author(s): Center for the Study of Democracy CSD
Subject(s): Politics / Political Sciences, Politics, Social Sciences, Economy, Law, Constitution, Jurisprudence, Criminal Law, Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Sociology, Security and defense, Welfare systems, Applied Sociology, Evaluation research, Criminology, Studies in violence and power, Substance abuse and addiction, Health and medicine and law, Penology, Victimology, Welfare services, Economic development, Penal Policy
Published by: Център за изследване на демокрацията
Summary/Abstract: The Center for the Study of Democracy has undertaken a special inquiry into the topic of drug abuse - which was fueled by the drug epidemic of the late 1990s and has grown to become a real social threat - and the problem of drug dealing, which is a major mechanism for the generation of organized crime in Bulgaria. This report addresses drug supply and demand in Bulgaria with the ambition of mapping a vast information void and identifying the basic mechanisms and stakeholders of the drug market. However, the peculiarities of drug diffusion and consumption do not allow the use of the standard suite of economic research tools and vehicles throughout the study. This analysis has been divided into three sections. The first addresses the genesis of drug distribution, while the second describes its structure and functioning. The findings about supply presented in the first two parts are based on a series of in-depth interviews with dealers of different groups of drugs, long-term drug users, with police and security officers (experienced in combating drug traffic, drug production, and drug dealing), doctors, and civil organizations engaged in treatment services to drug addicts. Section 3 highlights drug demand, and brings into play the findings of the First National Population Survey on Drug Consumption in Bulgaria conducted by Vitosha Research. For the purpose of this study, CSD and Vitosha Research used the research tools of the European Monitoring Center on Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA).

  • Print-ISBN-10: 954-477-111-5
  • Page Count: 82
  • Publication Year: 2003
  • Language: Bulgarian