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The main characteristics of the Romanian illegal drug markets


  • Loredana MAFTEI

    () (“Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University of Iaşi, Romania)


Narcotics trade has known a real transformation over time, which is also due to the great influence of globalization. Placed among the most profitable businesses in the world, the illegal drugs market has evolved very much on the Romanian territory in the last years. The purpose of this paper is to highlight the current situation of Romanian illicit drugs market, the symbiosis between supply and demand, the general prices of the main drugs, as well as the consumption problem and transit routes. Based on theoretical aspects, on recent surveys and investigation launched by UNODC, EMCDDA and ANA, the article provides some relevant answers regarding the Romanian illicit drugs market. Compared to the European countries, Romania remains a small costumer, cannabis and SNPP being the most consumed drugs among young people. Despite the political and economic situation, Romanian authorities are better prepared, a position that may help in dealing with further drug changes.

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  • Loredana MAFTEI, 2012. "The main characteristics of the Romanian illegal drug markets," Eastern Journal of European Studies, Centre for European Studies, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University, vol. 3, pages 189-204, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:jes:journl:y:2012:v:3:p:189-204

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    1. Irina CAUNIC & Gabriela PRELIPCEAN & Florin Bogdan SUCIU, 2010. "Romanian Illegal Markets In The Context Of The Current Macroeconomic Evolution," The Annals of the "Stefan cel Mare" University of Suceava. Fascicle of The Faculty of Economics and Public Administration, "Stefan cel Mare" University of Suceava, Romania, Faculty of Economics and Public Administration, vol. 10(2(12)), pages 9-14, December.
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