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World Drug Day: Countries With Worst Drug Problems

International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking takes place on June 26, as declared by the United Nations. A day annually observed to determine actions and cooperation to check drug abuse and prevent drug trafficking. Many persons think the United States has the world’s worst drug problems but other countries have higher rates of addiction.

Here are five countries with critical drug problems;


Even with the country’s fundamental Islamic presence and stiff penalties against drug offenders, the high unemployment rate, high inflation and low cost of drugs makes the terrain challenging. Iran does offer some methods to combat the abuse of drugs methods like; needle-exchange programs and charities that work to fight addiction.


The South Asian country is the World’s number one opium producer. About 90 percent of all heroin used in Europe traces back to Afghanistan. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime point that the major reason for drug abuse in Afghanistan is due to how cheap heroin is in the country. It is reported that out of 35 million population 1 million are addicted to drugs. The Taliban just recently said that they are banning the cultivation of opium poppy, which is used as a raw material to produce illicit drugs like heroin.


The country’s drug use rose dramatically after the fall of the Soviet Union in the 1990s.Some reports say about 2 million persons are addicted to drugs. Russia is known for intravenous drug use. As a result, Russia has one of the fastest-growing HIV/AIDS epidemics in the World.

The United States

3.8 million americans misuse prescription painkillers while  22.2 million use Marijuana which is identified as an illicit drug.  In addition, more Americans now report using heroin than in years past, while cocaine use remains stead

Great Britain

Marijuana is the most commonly used drug, followed by amphetamines and cocaine. And most people do not report their cases. In Europe, England is the capital of  illicit drugs such as cocaine and heroin.

Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, The Economist reporters

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