This article from Drug Watch gives an interesting perspective on prescription drug abuse trends around the world. Typically we focus on the prescription drug abuse epidemic in the United States, but it’s obvious that other countries around the world are having problems too. It’s always a good idea to get more perspective on an issue when possible, and this global view is good to have.
Prescription drug abuse reached epidemic levels in the U.S. in the last decade. As the world’s leader and trendsetter in a multitude of areas, the country has a history of setting examples for the rest of the world – both good and bad.
The abuse of pharmaceuticals hasn’t officially reached pandemic levels across the globe, but it’s grown to be a major cause for concern.
According to the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), prescription drugs as a category moved up to second on the list of the most abused and trafficked types of drugs in the world. Cannabis remained the most abused and trafficked category. The board, established by the United Nations, reported that the demand for painkillers, sedatives, stimulants and tranquilizers was developing rapidly.