Greek crisis is leading to more drug offences among minors, says experts

The Greek crisis has had a direct impact on juvenile crime, according to experts who expressed concern over the number of minors involved in criminal activities such as drug dealing and use.

Child services officers told Kathimerini that the Athens juvenile court heard 2,420 cases in the 2011-2012 period, and that most involved young boys charges with theft, drug posession and vandalism. A three-judge court specializing in bigger offences heard 253 cases in the same year regarding crimes as serious as drug distribution, rape and manslaughter.

“What is not reflected in the data is the rapid rise of drug use among ever-younger people,” the head of hearings for the state’s child services, Evangelia Kogiannaki, said.