YOU’D expect different drugs to be more or less popular in different countries around the globe.
And for reasons of availability, culture and market forces they tend to be — as this fascinating interactive map shows.
Opiates are big for Russians, Pommy clubbers are in the grip of ecstasy and cannabis is hot in Iceland (although ice, or crystal methamphetamine, is not).
But there’s one shameful standout: Australia. Our country leads the way in consuming four out of five categories. That’s more even than the Americans.
Take a look at how the world gets high, then read on:
The last United Nations World Drug Report confirmed that Australia leads the world in ecstasy and cannabis use, was third for methamphetamines and fourth for cocaine.
The 2014 report also showed that annual use among Australians and New Zealand for all drugs except for opiates like heroin “remain much higher than the global average”.
Cannabis is the most widely used illicit substance across the globe, with the highest prevalence of use among Australians and New Zealanders. More than 10 per cent of the working-age population regularly use cannabis, with 1.9 million people aged 15-65 using it in the 12 months.
Colombia, Peru and Bolivia provide most of the world’s cocaine and are the major sources of the cocaine in Australia.
Most heroin that arrives in Australia is sourced from Southwest Asia. Afghanistan is the primary global producer but smaller quantities are grown in Myanmar, Laos, Thailand and Pakistan.
The data suggests ecstasy is the only drug that is declining in use in Australia — although that may be because of seizures, not because of fading popularity.
ICE: AUSTRALIA’S NEWEST DRUG MENACE
In the past five years, there has been significant growth in the detected importation, manufacture and supply of methamphetamine — in particular “ice”. The purity has also increased, making its use even more dangerous. Fifty per cent of the drug is made in Australia and the other half is made overseas: mainly China, Iran, Mexico, US and Canada.
/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/WPPF-LOGO-180x180.jpg00admin/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/WPPF-LOGO-180x180.jpgadmin2015-09-24 08:16:362015-09-24 08:16:36World drug map shows how Australia compares to others on recreational substance abuse