Designed to avoid easy detection, a growing number of drug users are turning to new psychoactive substances which mimic the effects of classic drugs of abuse such as marijuana, cocaine and Ecstasy.
Officials are currently struggling to control the growing drug problem in Egypt with a drug rate now reaching 10% (9.6 million people) according to the country’s Minister of Social Solidarity, Ghada Wali. Discussing the issue, Arab News reported that 10% is now twice the global rates, a number which has risen dramatically from 600,000 – 800,000 in 2007.
BBC News released data today from 40 police forces in England and Wales, revealing that almost 25,000 motorists tested positive for drug driving over a three year period. The statistics documented that between 2015 and 2017, 8,336 drivers had tested positive for cannabis and 3,064 for cocaine.
The National Narcotics Control Commission in China have reported that by the end of 2016, there was an estimated 2.5 million drugs users in the country. 1.5 million of which are described to have been using new synthetic drugs as oppose to the traditional drugs seen in the past.
Recent news has uncovered that Alprazolam is being purchased online and abused by children as young as 13. The news comes after reports of social media sites being used to buy dangerous substances and locate drug dealers.