In 2003, the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction discovered 0 new synthetic drugs that had psychoactive substances.
In 2008, the monitoring group was discovered 13 new types of synthetic drugs.
In 2012, officials discovered 57 new synthetic drugs, more than one new type of drug each week.
Source: Jared Savage, “Drug designers stay one step ahead,” New Zealand Herald, June 10, 2013.
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.
Around one-third of drug users in Indonesia, or 1.2 million people, are addicted to crystal meth. One-fifth of drug users, or 950,000 people, are addicted to ecstasy.
Around 60 percent of the crystal meth and ecstasy consumed in Indonesia is locally produced, and around 60 percent of its users are under the age of 30.
Many of the meth and ecstasy production factories are located in West Jakarta, with the operators of the factories having ethic Chinese ties.
Security officials in the country seized 1,161 kilograms of crystal meth in 2011, an increase of 79 percent from the 649 kilograms seized in 2010.
62 percent of all drug arrests in 2011 involved crystal meth, compared to 53 percent in 2010 and 38 percent in 2009.
77 percent of all women who were arrested for drug crimes in 2011 involved crystal meth.
Source: Straits Times, “Indonesia’s Drug Spread ‘Alarming’,” Jakarta Globe, February 22, 2013.
Source: “Crystalline methamphetamine now Indonesia’s “primary illicit drugs threat”, UNODC says,” United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, February 20, 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.
(Prices of illegal drugs and other contraband.)
Source: Charles Zhu, “China’s Growing Appetite for New Kinds of Luxury Goods: Illegal Drugs,” Atlantic, January 4, 2013.
According to the Food and Drug Administration, heroin was the most abused drug in Taiwan in 2012. Between January and October, 66.8 percent of substance abuse cases handled by the criminal justice system involved heroin. It was the sixth straight year that heroin was the most abused drug in Taiwan.
After heroin, amphetamine accounted for 33.1 percent of substance abuse cases in Taiwan, followed by the abuse of the veterinary medicine ketamine, which accounted for 5 percent of cases.
Insomnia drug Zolpidem was the fourth abused drug in Taiwan with 4.3 percent of cases involving the prescription drug. Ecstasy rounded out the top five with 3.4 percent of cases.
(All prescription drug abuse statistics.)
Source: “FDA announces top five drugs abused in Taiwan this year,” Taipei Times, December 16, 2012.
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.
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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.