Opium in Iran has long been used for medical and recreational purposes and to this day Iran has a very serious drug problem. Iran’s border with Afghanistan, the world’s largest opium producer, contributes heavily to the countries problem. Iran lies directly in the path of the world’s largest flow of heroin, with approximately 140 metric tons coming in each year from Afghanistan. Yet only 23% of it is seized each year.
Although they have won the World Cup five times, it wasn’t until April 2017 that the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) removed Brazil from the WADA Code Non-Compliant list stating that “The Brazilian authorities have successfully adopted procedural rules in line with the Code in order to regulate the activity of its newly established Disciplinary Tribunal.” However, drug abuse is still rife throughout Brazil.
The FIFA World Cup is one of the world’s biggest sporting events. Taking place every four years since 1930, a total of 32 countries compete in the tournament for the title over the months of June and July.
To celebrate the World Cup, each day we will look at the current drug trends and issues of each of the 32 countries taking part in this year’s tournament as drug use is health and social issue in every country worldwide. Randox Toxicology offer the world’s most comprehensive toxicology test menu with the ability to detect more than 500 drugs and counting…
As the World Cup kicks off today, we take a look into the drugs of abuse problem in the host country of Russia.
A recent report by The Guardian uncovered that the purity of street cocaine throughout Europe is at its highest level in a decade and the sum of people seeking treatment for cocaine use has increased. The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) found that the price of cocaine has continued to remain stable across the continent and could be a contributing factor.
In 2016 an estimated 22.3% of fatally injured motorists in America tested positive for marijuana, a figure which has steadily increased in recent years. The Governors Highway Safety Association recently completed a study on drug prevalence regarding vehicle fatalities. The report found that in the same year 44% of motorists killed in an automobile tested positive for one or more substances, an increase of 28% in 10 years and higher than the 37.9% that tested positive for alcohol.