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, located in the Middle East and a major trafficking route for heroin. The number of people with an addiction to heroin and/or opium has been on the rise ever since its neighbor, Afghanistan, became the largest producer of the drug. It is estimated that nearly 130,000 people each year develop an addiction to either one or both of the drugs with another 1,000,000+ already struggling with one.
France: Prescription Medications- CNS Depressants
France is one of the leading countries for prescription medications; in particular CNS Depressants. There are approximately more pharmacies in France than in any other European country; with a staggering 23,000, keeping in mind that the population is around 60 million people; that’s roughly one pharmacy for every 2,600 people. A recent report suggests that 78 prescriptions for these kinds of medications, CNS Depressants, are given to every 1,000 persons.
Yaba or methamphetamine is taking Thailand by storm and has become one of, if not, the most methamphetamine consuming countries in the world. The drug is manufactured next door in Burma and then brought down through Thailand. The number of people developing addictions to the drug, almost overnight, is quickly rising. First it was mainly used by late night taxi and truck drivers, it is now becoming used by anyone from the elite to the weekend partiers and anyone in between. Estimates put the number of addicts at over a million, but experts suggest that it is much higher than this.
Ketamine use has always been popular in India; however, addictions to the legal drug are becoming more prevalent even as India tries to make obtaining a prescription more difficult. Due to the large population and lack of accurate statistics, there is no number, but experts have guessed at it being in the millions. Also concerning leading experts, is the number of foreigners going there specifically for the drug and leaving with an addiction or getting caught at the airport trying to smuggle some out of the country.
United States: Prescription Medications- Opiates
In the US, approximately 40 people are dying every day from prescribed opiates such as, OxyCodone, Morphine, Diladin, etc. Opiate medications have become the new epidemic in the US with an estimated 5,000 people misusing these drugs on a daily basis. These worrying numbers are likely a result of the pharmaceutical companies pushing the drug, and doctors prescribing them for nearly every type of pain; this is even more obvious when one takes a look at the 300% rise in prescriptions over the last decade. A recent official report said that enough opiates where prescribed to keep every US adult medicated for one month in 2010.
The list of the most addicted countries in the world can go on, but this is where we will leave it for now. It is important to become educated about the serious effects that a drug addiction can have on a person and to become aware that treatment is available, and will make a difference in a person’s life.