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.
Amsterdam is often stereotyped as a drug-use hotspot, but some may feel that the city's recreational drug use is just for tourists. Furthermore, local Amsterdam residents may reject the stereotype. So what's the truth about drug use in Amsterdam?
Whether intentional or not, Amsterdam has earned itself international recognition for its lax drug use policy. In fact, the city has almost become synonymous with “A place to travel to for drugs and partying.” The locals are not happy about this. Could the “coffee shops” that started it all become a thing of the past?