Het gebruik van legale en illegale
drugs in Utrecht en Tilburg
Authors: Marieke Langemeijer, Roelf-Jan van Til, Peter Cohen
ISBN 90 6993 113 3
Price: € 20
The Netherlands most probably has a far lower number of cannabis
users than previously assumed. According to research into drug use
in Tilburg and Utrecht, the estimated number of cannabis users in
the Netherlands is between 220.000 and 400.000. This represents
1.7 to 3.0 percent of the population ages 12 years and older. Tilburg
is a medium-sized town in Southern Holland; Utrecht is the country's
fourth largest city and situated in the centre.
The use of other illegal drugs (cocaine, ecstasy, amphetamines,
LSD and heroin) is low in both towns. In Utrecht, 6.8 percent of
the population had previously used one of the above substances;
for Tilburg, this percentage is 3.2 percent. However, the use of
other illegal drugs in the month preceding the survey is considerably
lower, i.e., 1.4 percent in Utrecht and 0.4 percent in Tilburg.
Therefore, much of the consumption of other illegal drugs is experimental
rather than regular drug use.