Drug fatalities in Europe have once again increased for the third consecutive year, according to the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA).
Tramadol, a medication traditionally used to relive pain has become one of Egypt’s most widely abused drugs. According to Egypt’s Minister of Social Solidarity, Ghana Wali, the drug has become so widespread that in 2014 it became a felony to carry or be in procession of tramadol without a prescription.
BBC Spotlight revealed a 46% rise in pregabalin from a data base of 20 million prescription records written by GPs across Northern Ireland in the past four years.
The tramadol death rate has continued to increase in Northern Ireland, but decreased in Great Britain.
According to recent news headlines India has risen as a global illegal drug hub for new psychoactive substances. Reports have indicated that 66 new psychoactive substances were formally notified for the first time last year, highlighting the alarming rate at which these drugs are growing and showing no signs of slowing down.