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According to data released by the Office for National Statistics, there were 2,597 drug overdose deaths in England and Wales in 2012. The deaths were from both legal and illegal drugs.

1,706 of the drug-related deaths were men, and 891 were women.

Opiates such as heroin accounted for over half of the drug overdose deaths in 2012. Deaths from mephedrone increased from 29 deaths in 2011 to 52 in 2012.

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Source:  James Gallagher, “Wales tops drug poisoning table,” BBC News, August 26, 2013.

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Based on data from the criminal justice system, there are about 2 million people in Iran who are addicted to illegal drugs. In 2009, the number of drug addicts in Iran was estimated to be 1 million people.

The most poplar drugs in the country are a cheap form of heroin and home-grown crystal meth.

There were reports that drug dealers were offering classes on how to cook crystal meth at home for $70 to $100.

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Source:  “Drug addiction in Iran: The other religion,” Economist, August 17, 2013.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta, the Chief Medical Correspondent at CNN, reported on the rate of addiction of people who use illicit drugs.

According to his article, various studies have found that up to 10 percent of marijuana users become addicted and dependent on the drug. 20 percent of cocaine users become dependent after using, and up to 25 percent of heroin users become addicted.

Nearly 30 percent of cigarette smokers become addicted to cigarettes.

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Source:  Sanjay Gupta, “Why I changed my mind on weed,” CNN, August 9, 2013.


There were 378 heroin related deaths that occurred in the US State of Maryland in 2012. The number of heroin overdoses was 54 percent higher than the 245 deaths recorded in 2011.

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The total number of alcohol and drug related deaths in the state in 2012 was 761, up from the 663 deaths in 2011.

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Source:  Associated Press, “Heroin deaths up 54 percent from 2011 to 2012 in Maryland,” Washington Post, July 10, 2013.

According to the 2013 World Drug Report published by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, an estimated 211,000 people died in 2011 to drug related causes around the world. The UNODC states that most of the deaths were among the younger population of users and most were preventable.

Overdosing on opioids such as heroin and prescription painkillers was the most commonly reported groups of drugs that caused deaths in 2011.

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Source:  United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, “World Drug Report 2013,” Executive Summary, June 2013, page ix.

Police in Myanmar announced that they arrested over 5,700 drug offenders in the country in 2012. The number of arrests were the highest on record, according to news reports. The arrests were the results of over 4,000 drug related investigations conducted by 26 ant-narcotics units.

Myanmar supplies 10 percent of the world’s opium and is the second largest producer after Afghanistan.

Source:  May Wong, “Myanmar steps up measures against drug trafficking,” Channel News Asia, June 26, 2013.

According to statistics released by criminal justice programs in Minnesota, there were 482 arrests for heroin charges in the state in 2012. The number of arrests was 134 percent higher than the 206 heroin arrests made in 2011. The latest available emergency rook admission involving heroin shows that in 2011 there were 3,493 admissions in the Twin Cities. Back in 2004, there were 1,180 emergency room admissions for heroin. And in 2012, there were a reported 129 opiate-related overdose deaths in the state, a 40 percent increase from the 92 overdose deaths in 2010.

In addition to the increase in heroin use in Minnesota, methamphetamine abuse has also started to increase. In 2012, there were 21 reported overdose deaths due to meth use, and increase from the 10 deaths in 2011. In 2012, methamphetamine abuse accounted for 7.4 percent of all treatment admissions and 27 meth labs were seized by police in Minnesota.

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Source:  Rupa Shenoy, “Report: Heroin use steady, but meth is coming back in Twin Cities,” MPR News, June 21, 2013.

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime estimates that the Taliban earns up to $200 Million a year from the trafficking of illegal drugs from Afghanistan.

Previously, the Taliban was only collecting a 10 percent tax on opium farmers and traffickers. However, in 2012 and 2013, the Taliban has increased its involvement in the drug trade in order to increase its revenue, according to a report by Newsweek.

The Taliban has increased protection for poppy farmers from government eradication efforts. In 2012, up  to 380,000 acres of poppies was planted across Afghanistan. According to the UNODC, 6 percent of the poppies were destroyed by government officials.

The governing body of the Taliban established a policy to split the revenues of the drug trade. According to leaders, 70 percent of the profits from drugs are mean to be used for food, weapons and medical care for the insurgency, with the remaining 30 percent going out into the field to fighters.

It has also been reported that the Taliban is partnering with its former enemies the Northern Alliance in order to maximize profits in the drug trade.

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Source:  Ron Moreau, “The Taliban’s Life of Luxury,” Newsweek, June 12, 2013.

In 2012, pharmacists in Afghanistan who test drugs that were seized in the country found crystal meth samples in 48 incidents during the year. The number of crystal meth samples was tripled from the year before.

Dealers in Afghanistan who sell crystal meth receive a lighter sentence if caught. A crystal meth dealer faces up to 1 year in prison for carrying 1 kilogram of crystal meth. In comparison, an opium dealer caught with 1 kilogram of heroin would be sent to prison for an maxim of 10 years.

A single hit of crystal meth on the streets of Afghanistan costs about $20, five times the amount of a single hit of heroin.

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Source:    Amie Ferris-Rotman, “Growing crystal meth use blurs drug-hungry Afghanistan’s future,” Reuters, May 29, 2013.

Police in Uganda arrested 780 people for drug crimes and had 312 people convicted in the criminal justice system in 2012.

3 people were convicted in the country for cannabis farming, 6 people were arrested for marijuana crimes, and 48 acres of cannabis were destroyed during the year. An addition 70 kilograms of cannabis seeds were seized by police.

Officials state that marijuana cultivation is increasing in Uganda as farmers view it as a cash crop. Some land owners rent out their land to marijuana farmers.

Security personnel also destroyed over 2,257 kilograms for marijuana and 20 kilograms of heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine that it has previously seized.