South Korea’s reputation as a drug-free nation is in danger. The amount of ‘ordinary people’ using drugs has been rising steadily. In 2015, a record amount of 11,916 arrests were made in relation to drug-related crimes.
The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) regularly produces reports detailing the current situation on drug use and drug related deaths throughout the European countries. Below is a quick overview of the drug problem in one of Europe’s most influential countries; Germany.
From 2001 to 2017, the economic cost of the opioid crisis in the US was estimated to have exceeded $1 trillion, according to Altarum data. To put into perspective how the crisis has heightened in the last 15 years, the cost of the opioid crisis has increased from $29.1 billion in 2001 to an estimated $115 billion in 2017.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, there were 63,632 deaths in 2016 caused by drug overdoses, with 42,249 of them attributed to opioids.
Over 72,000 people died from drug overdoses in 2017 in the US, this total was up 63,000 from 2016. Experts estimate that 20 Floridians are dying from overdose every day.