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Which Countries Have The Worst Drug Problems?


As we continue to read more and more articles about addiction problems in our country, we tend to consider the severity of the United States’ problems versus our friends around the world, but the reality of the matter is that we aren’t alone in this rat race. Besides America, hundreds of countries suffer from a variety of drug epidemics, from crystal meth in Australia to opioids in Canada. Still, which ones have the worst problems in the entire world? Which ones would top the charts in terms of overall use and addiction rates? Let’s take a closer look and find out.

1. Iran

Although you might think about the United States being the number one hub for drug problems at this time, the fact of the matter is that Iran takes the cake. As of now, this Middle Eastern superpower has the worst drug problems in the entire world. Currently, Iranians are battling one of the worst heroin outbreaks in history (given the fact that the drug is easily accessible through routes to Afghanistan), with officials reporting a staggering 14.32% per capita of heroin use.

2. United Kingdom

Landing in the number two spot, the United Kingdom has been fighting a never-ending fight against alcohol problems. In fact, to say this country has booze flowing through its streets is a bit of an understatement. Overall, officials have reported 13.65% per capita consumption of alcohol, while 1.6 million people are believed to suffer from alcohol use disorder. Even more disturbing, 52% of men and 53% of women in the U.K. engage in weekly binge drinking.

3. France

One of the most unlikely contenders, France beats the United States in its current battle with prescription pills. However, with a readout of 13.2% per capita use of these drugs, this Western European gem might be facing a more severe problem than we thought. One of the major, and obvious, problems is the accessibility and affordability of these pills. A prescription drug that costs $22 USD will amount to $5 USD in France. See the problem?

Seeking Treatment for Drug Abuse or Addiction  

People from all around the world suffer from drug abuse and addiction every day, but, in a way, you can also find reprieve in the fact that hundreds of them are also finding ways to heal. Although the battle against illegal drugs continues to wage on in the United States and other countries, you can join the thousands who rally together to find peace and to heal. With the right amount of determination and a little bit of love for yourself, anything is possible.

If you are suffering from a severe case of alcoholism and drug addiction, or have a friend or loved one who is coping with this illness, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our professional team of counselors and healthcare experts will help you endure the painful process of withdrawal and detox and guide you along the rocky road of rehabilitation. Soon enough, you will experience a faster and much more efficient recovery.

If you want to find out more about our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs or enroll in one of these programs today, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your leisure and your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how you can overcome your mental illness and take an extra step toward becoming a healthier person.