From January to September 2012, security agencies in the Republic of Kosovo seized 1,091 kilograms of marijuana, 51.5 kilograms of heroin, 7.2 kilograms of cocaine, and 153 ecstasy tablets. The amount of illegal drugs seized in 2012 was higher than the amount of drugs seized in 2011.
Officials estimate that most drug users in the country are men between the ages of 18 to 35 who smoke marijuana.
Source: Menekse Tokyay, “Turkey and Balkans battle drug trafficking,” SETimes.com, April 22, 2013.
At the end of 2011, the Chinese Government stated that there were 1.79 million people who were officially registered as drug addicts in China. Back in 1990, there were 70,000 registered addicts, which means that the number of drug addicts in China increased annually by 16 percent.
Around 32 percent of HIV contractions in the country was due to intravenous drug use.
64.5 percent of the drug addicts were addicted to heroin, and 32.7 percent were addicted to synthetic drugs such as methamphetamine and ecstasy.
The number of total drug addicts in China that are not officially registered with the government could be as high as 15 Million.
Source: Charles Zhu, “China’s Growing Appetite for New Kinds of Luxury Goods: Illegal Drugs,” Atlantic, January 4, 2013.
Law enforcement agencies in India seized 85,409 ampules of synthetic drugs in 2012 on the border between India and Bangladesh. In 2011, police seized 75.857 ampules from drug traffickers.
The synthetic drugs, or Amphetamine Type Stimulants, are considered to be “party” drugs such as ecstasy and speed and mainly used by younger adults.
Source: “Smuggling of synthetic and ‘party’ drugs pose new challenge for India and Bangladesh,” Economic Times, October 4, 2012.
In 2010-2011, National Advisory Committee on Drugs reported that 0.5 percent of the adult population in Ireland used ecstasy. In 2006-2007, the use of ecstasy by adults was 1.2 percent of the population.
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Source: Genevieve Carbery, “Use of ecstasy continues to fall,” Irish Times, June 20, 2012.
According to police, around 20 people die each year in the Canadian province of British Columbia from ecstasy that was laced with dangerous chemicals.
Ecstasy is sold for $3 to $10 per pill in the province, and 15 percent of all BC students have tried it by the time they turn 18.
Source: Joel Connelly, “Ecstasy “safe” but not on streets, B.C. health officer,” Seattle PI, Strange Bedfellows Blog, June 14, 2012.
90 percent of the ecstasy seized in Indonesia was manufactured and produced within the country, according to police. In 2010, police shut down 15 labs in the country.
The number of ecstasy seizures in the country increased by 38 percent between 2009 and 2010.
Source: Elly Burhaini Faizal, “Ecstasy production is ‘soaring’ in Indonesia,” Jakarta Post, February 29, 2012.
According to the United Nations, synthetic drugs such as amphetamine, methamphetamine and ecstasy are the second most used illicit drug in the world after marijuana.
Source: Jason Beaubien, “Mexican Cartels Push Meth Beyond U.S. Market,” NPR, February 16, 2012.
In January 2012, police in Toronto, Canada were reporting that the price of an ecstasy tablet sold in nightclubs in Toronto was selling for $15. In 2010, the price for an ecstasy tablet in Toronto was reported to be $40.
The cost to make a single tablet is about 50 cents.
Source: Tom Godfrey, “Exclusive: Canada’s illicit drug export boom,” Toronto Star, January 28, 2012.
Roughly 15 percent of all students in the Canadian province of British Columbia has tried ecstasy by the time they turn 18.
The drug is sold within Canada at prices between $3 to $10 per capsule.
Source: Mike Hager, “Despite recent ecstasy-related deaths, Vancouver dealer says business is booming,” Vancouver Sun, January 20, 2012.