Switzerland is often hailed as a success for lowering drug overdose deaths among its residents. But closer inspection reveals Swiss public health officials and policymakers aren’t solving the addiction problem, they’re merely putting it off.
Drug abuse statistics are relatively predictable across most of Europe. However, some regions on the European continent do experience surges in drug use trends. The Czech Republic is one such case.
To the casual observer, it would appear that Germany has escaped much of the worst effects of the worldwide opioid epidemic. But this is not entirely true. While Germany has implemented many harm reduction programs to help cover up the problem, actual addiction treatment resources (what helps people break free from addiction permanently) are still badly needed in Germany.
Though it has made some headlines in American and European media, few have gotten the real story on cocaine addiction and the spread of drug abuse in Albania. What is the scope of drug addiction in that country? And what should be done for those addicted?
Poland’s public health organizations send a multitude of drug statistics to organizations such as the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction. What would a concise summary of those drug use statistics look like?
While Sweden is thought to be forward-thinking in many areas of public life, the country has criminalized drugs and taken a strict, no-tolerance policy towards drugs. Is this approach workable?
Across the world, alcohol consumption varies considerably, from population to population. In Austria, alcohol consumption per person is markedly higher than in most countries. Does this lead to more alcohol addiction among Austrian residents?
Estonia became ground zero for a fentanyl addiction epidemic in Europe in the mid-2010s. Progress has been made in addressing this crisis, but some Estonians still suffering from addiction. What needs to be done to resolve addiction emergencies in Estonia once and for all?
Drug and alcohol addiction trends manifest differently in different countries. What does addiction look like in Israel?
Germany has, in many ways, led Europe in keeping addiction statistics to a minimum. When it comes to drug addiction, the country has one of the lowest per-capita drug use rates in Europe. And Germany all but avoided the opioid epidemic. How then is it that Germany has such a significant problem with alcohol addiction?