Signs & Symptoms
Signs & Symptoms of Tranquilisers
When someone talks about tranquillisers, they are actually talking about three different categories of drugs. Barbiturates, benzodiazepines and sleep aids may all be referred to as tranquillisers.
Signs & Symptoms of Sedatives
In Europe, it’s mostly people approaching middle age who are the most problematic abusers of sedatives. The average age of a person seeking treatment for sedative abuse is 38 years. Greatest demand for treatment by far occurs in Hungary, with 38% of those seeking treatment being troubled by sedative abuse. Finland, Sweden, Croatia and France also have relatively high rates.
Signs & Symptoms of Rohypnol
Rohypnol (generic name: flunitrazepam) is a prescription drug that is prescribed in the UK and Europe for anxiety and sleep problems. In the UK, it is only used by private physicians as the National Health Service no longer recommends its use. It is a strong sedative and is abused for its euphoric and relaxing effects.
Signs & Symptoms of Persc Pain
Across Europe, there are signs that many of the population are following the poor example of the US and starting to abuse prescription pain relievers in greater numbers. Additionally, Scandinavian countries, particularly Finland and Sweden, have long had a taste for abuse of amphetamines.
Signs & Symptoms of Persc Drugs
For decades, the illicit trafficking of drugs like cocaine, heroin, opium and marijuana were the main ways people got the drugs they were addicted to. Now, in many countries around the world, people are abusing and becoming addicted to prescription drugs instead.
Signs & Symptoms of LSD
Signs and symptoms of LSD can be frightening and hazardous, so it is good that LSD is not widely used in Europe. In the UK, about 5% of the population has tried this drug at some time, with all other countries having lower rates. LSD is most often abused by teens and young adults. Of those between 15 and 24, only Estonia had a last-year usage rate of more than 1%. All other countries had lower rates.
Signs & Symptoms of Ice
The drug called “ice” is a highly refined form of methamphetamine, a rapidly addictive stimulant. After refining, liquid methamphetamine is allowed to form crystals that can be smoked. When a person uses ice, he (or she) will experience an immediate and very strong stimulant effect.
Signs & Symptoms of Heroin
Europe is one of the world’s key opiate consumption markets. Heroin trafficking channels for Europe have long been established from Afghanistan. The drug either reaches Europe through the traditional Balkan route, or a more recent northern route that passes through Russia. Among European countries, leaders in opiate consumption are the Russian Federation, the UK, Italy, France and Germany.
Signs & Symptoms of Hashish
Europe is directly in the sights of those who produce the world’s hashish. From Morocco, long the world’s leader in the production of this drug, shipments need only cross the Mediterranean. In the last couple of years, hashish has been produced in greater quantities in Afghanistan. Those shipments have a long trip across the Balkan Peninsula by truck or by air, to arrive in Europe. In 2009, 594 tonnes of hashish were seized in Europe, more than the amount of herbal cannabis that was seized.
Signs & Symptoms of Ecstasy
Since much of the world’s Ecstasy has originated from Europe, particularly the Netherlands, this is a drug that has long seen popularity in Europe. Currently, there are more centres of production, especially in Asia, but the Netherlands is still a strong source country.
Signs & Symptoms of Crack
Crack cocaine is the purer, more quickly addictive form of cocaine. It is easy to derive crack from cocaine, so it is normally converted and sold locally. For this reason, little crack cocaine is ever seized in Europe as there is little transport involved.
Signs & Symptoms of Cocaine
Cocaine is a very strong stimulant, so a person abusing this drug will show signs consistent with intense stimulation. Cocaine is very often snorted, but may rarely be dissolved and injected, or it can be converted into crack cocaine rocks and smoked.
Signs & Symptoms of Benzos
Benzodiazepines are a type of drug used medically to calm a person who is overexcited and anxious. But they are also one of the most popular prescription drugs to abuse.
Signs & Symptoms of Alcohol Abuse
In every country of Europe, there are parents worrying about the alcohol their children are consuming, there are wives and children who live in fear of the husband who will come home drunk.