Trends in Organized Crime

, Volume 13, Issue 1, pp 31–45 | Cite as

Entertainment starts with an E: the ecstasy market in Greece

  • Georgios A. AntonopoulosEmail author
  • Georgios Papanicolaou
  • Mark Simpson


The purpose of this article is to provide an account of the social organisation of the ecstasy market in Greece. Concern about ecstasy production, distribution and use in Greece has risen since ecstasy appeared in the country in the early to mid-1990s, and continues to be fuelled by media reports which reinforce the perception that there are huge profits for traders. Moreover, the Greek authorities have adopted a ‘war on drug’ rhetoric when it comes to ecstasy trafficking. Thus, the fact that such mentalities are commonplace, while the knowledge deficit about the particular market remains gaping, makes it an imperative to examine the structure and dynamics of the ecstasy market in the country. We aim here to provide an account of the ‘extent’ and nature of the ecstasy market in Greece as well as a presentation of the ‘actors’ involved. We also explicitly focus on the issue of price of ecstasy tablets in the country, which we regard as key to the understanding of the logic of this particular market. Our investigation of various aspects of the market concludes with a number of more systematic observations regarding the particular business.


Ecstasy Night-time economy Greece 



We would like to thank Klaus von Lampe for handling the review process and the reviewers for their valuable comments and suggestions. We are also indebted to the participants in this study as well as to Ioannis Vassilopoulos and Maria Vetouli for the provision of literature on Ecstasy use in Greece.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Georgios A. Antonopoulos
    • 1
    Email author
  • Georgios Papanicolaou
    • 1
  • Mark Simpson
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Social Sciences & LawTeesside UniversityMiddlesbroughUK

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