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Ecstasy use in the past 12 months in Europe as of 2019*, by country

The Netherlands had the highest prevalence of ecstasy use among adults in Europe as of 2019, with approximately 3.5 percent of the population reported to using ecstasy. This was followed by Ireland with 2.1 percent of the population and then the United Kingdom at 1.7 percent.

Demographics of users in the Netherlands

Among the younger age groups is where both frequent and infrequent users of ecstasy is found in the Netherland. Almost 22 percent of those aged between 25 and 29 years having tried ecstasy at some point in their lives, as of a 2018 survey. While over three percent in the same age group stated they had taken ecstasy in the past month.

Use of other drugs in the EU

Cannabis is by far the most used drug across the population of the European Union, with over a quarter using at some point during in lifetime. This is followed by cocaine which reportedly five percent have used in their life and then MDMA with 4.1 percent of individuals having used. Additionally, cannabis was the most seized drug in Europe in 2018, with 69 percent of all seizures being a form of cannabis.

Prevalence of ecstasy use in the last year in Europe as of 2019*, by country

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Release date

September 2020



Survey time period


Age group

15-64 years

Supplementary notes

* Data represents the results for the last survey available in each country.

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