All posts tagged: drug addiction

Around the Globe: Unsuspecting Countries Struggling with Drugs and Addiction

    When people think of drug abuse or drug addictions, many people may think of Columbia for its cocaine, the US for crack, and Russia for its love of alcohol. There are currently 196 countries in the world and it is safe to say that most have some kind of drug problem. Some obviously not as bad as others, but the occurrence of abuse and addiction is that of a global nature. Below, in no particular order, are countries that have some of the worst addiction problems. Czech Republic: Alcohol The Czech Republic came is second in the world for alcohol consumption by a study conducted by the Worldwide Health Organization in 2005. The average person over 15 drinks about 16.5 liters of pure alcohol per year, while the average male consumed nearly 25.6 liters of pure alcohol. Even more disturbing is the average liters of beer annually consumed, peaks at about 163.5 per person. The Czech drinking habits are not slowing down and the number of addictions to alcohol is continuously rising. Iran: …

Drug Use Statistics: South Africa

The drug problem in South Africa has been on a continual rise, especially in the last few years. Methaqualone (Quaaludes), cocaine, marijuana (known as dagga in South Africa), and heroin are all drugs that are becoming increasingly popular. Dr. David Bayever of the CDA is Very Concerned Dr. David Bayever from the government drug control organization, known as the CDA, is quoted saying “The drug problem in South Africa remains very serious with drug usage being twice the world norm in most cases…and we are only dealing with what we know about…this is only the tip of the iceberg,”. Bayever says that at least 15% of South Africans have a drug problem; this number however is expected to rise. While some drugs are produced directly in South Africa, it is also a major transshipment hub for importing and exporting them. New Environments Promote Drug Use South Africa is located in the southern most part of Africa and has a population of nearly 50 million people. By area, South Africa is one-eighth the size of the …

Substance Abuse Rehab from Around the World: Thailand and Bangladesh in the News

The UN’s World Drug Report 2012 documented the ever-increasing drug abuse throughout Asia, with particular emphasis on the large market in South Asia. Media coverage has reinforced the area’s long-standing problem, with particular attention on war-torn regions and youth populations. Today, I came across two such stories and the substance abuse rehab that has arisen in response – one governmental, one private. The New York Times recently reported on the conflict-ridden southern provinces of Thailand, and its battle with kratom, a drug cocktail engineered from the leaves of a local tree. A video runs alongside the article, and in it you can see government-funded substance abuse rehab centres, the scene alarmingly militaristic as young people stand in rigid lines and shout promises to lead drug-free lives. Local police burn piles upon piles of contraband, as civilians look on. The most startling information? Ninety-four percent of a surveyed 1,000 youths in the provinces reported abusing the drug regularly. Though the story is less recent than Thailand’s (it aired in 2009), a short documentary entitled Letters From …