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Berlin police, drug experts and representatives of nightclubs in the German capital have called on Berlin's parliament to discuss an urgent anti-drug policy, due to an increase of 7.4 percent in drug offenses in 2018. In addition, cocaine, "ecstasy" and cannabis are available in more places in the capital, according to the German newspaper Potsdamer Neuste Nakhrishten. Experts have demanded tough action even against the carrying and abuse of small amounts of cocaine.

"There are signs of a cocaine epidemic," Olaf Shrem, head of the drug investigation department of the Berlin Criminal Investigation Office, was quoted as saying. "We need to find a new way to deal with small amounts of cocaine."He said.

The Anti-Narcotics Act does not allow the tracking of small quantities of drugs. The Berlin state government has agreed to allow 15 grams of cannabis to be used for personal use, and legal proceedings against the holders of this amount are often suspended, also to ease the heavy pressure on the police and judicial authorities. About 75 percent of all drug cases in Berlin are related to consumption issues, Olaf Schrim told the newspaper.

Either in The Berlin-based daily Tagis Spiegel, which has conducted a long-term investigation into the subject, published a book entitled "Berlin is losing the war on drugs." For example, drugs are used in nightclub latrines and there are two, three or four people at the same time in the drug toilet, while another group is waiting for the room.

The repeated attempts by the city to prevent these scenes were futile. Despite intensive surveillance at airports and seaports, and despite all police patrols to arrest drug traffickers, cocaine prices in Europe have fallen over the years due to higher supplies, including Berlin,

Before the German unit, East Berlin was not known for cocaine and was smuggled from western Berlin to its east. Now it is sold by "cocaine takers" and "street vendors" and is phoned. The goods are transported within one hour only to the consumer. A small bottle of cocaine is sold for about 60 euros, according to the Belgian newspaper Tagis Spiegel.

In addition, cocaine possession crimes rose significantly last year by 17 per cent to 1,400. The annual report of the European Union's Drug Control Observatory in Brussels said the effects of cocaine measured in sewage water in Berlin had doubled in three years. The European Observatory said the effects of cocaine in wastewater in other major European cities such as Dortmund, Amsterdam, Netherlands and Bristol were much higher than in Berlin, indicating a general and clear trend in Europe and that cocaine consumption is record high.

Discussions are under way in Berlin to find solutions to the drug issue. Some politicians, especially by the ruling left-wing coalition in Berlin, called for a relaxation of measures against consumers of small amounts of drugs. Opposition parties in the city's parliament, the Christian Democratic Party, the Liberal Party and the right-wing populist party,.

"We believe that legalizing any kind of drug is very dangerous, because it will in any case have a negative impact on people's behavior," the newspaper Tagis Spiegel quoted Norbert Somma, head of the Berlin police union, as saying. Those who use these drugs can not control their senses naturally and endanger others. In addition, it is not clear whether drug rationing will lead to fewer crimes, because consumers will eventually have to pay the price of drugs"He said.

(BNA)

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