Over 200 Russians Become Drug Addicts Every Day

According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), last year Russia was number one country in terms of heroin consumption.

The UNODC estimated that each year 75 to 80 tons of heroin, the most dangerous drug, is consumed in Russia. This is twice as much as in China with its billion-strong population and 3.5 times more than in the US and Canada combined.  

According to the state anti-drug committee 220 Russians become drug addicts every day. Now there are approximately 2.5 million drug addicts in Russia, most of them consuming opiates, i.e. heroin.  

Every year over 30 thousand of them die. Unfortunately, only 1 out of 10 people can quit. The rest will be dying, and dying soon.  

Life expectancy of heroin addicts in Russia is 28 years.

Afghanistan is the absolute leader in drug production. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime report says that 900 tons of opium and 375 tons of heroin are exported from the country each year.  

Heroin consumption in the world (in tons):  

Russia – 75
Europe* – 88
China – 45
The US – 26
Africa – 25
Pakistan – 19
India – 17
Iran – 14
Afghanistan – 2
Turkey – 0,8

* Excluding Russia and Turkey

Expert estimate the volume of world opium market at $65 billion:

Europe – 20 (26%)
Russia – 13 (20%)
US and Canada – 8 (13%)
China – 8 (13%)
Africa – 3 (6%)
South and South East Asia – 3 (5%)
India – 3 (5%)
Iran – 2 (3%)
Others – 5 (9%)

Source: Pravda (Edited from the original version)

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