Opioid abuse is not just a problem in the United States. However the United States does have the largest issue with heroin addiction. Opiate use in the United States is about 50% higher than it is in Germany. Germany is the country that has the second largest population of opioid addicts.
In the United States, heroin addiction has cost 600 billion dollars. In the united states, there were 33,175 overdoses related to opioids. Between the years of 2004 and 2009 hospital visits related to heroin overdoses doubled. It is estimated that 56% of all Americans are connected to somebody that is addicted to heroin. America holds only 4% of the world’s population.
As a country America is responsible for nearly 27% of the opioid induced overdoses in the world. More people in the united states died of opioid related overdoses than they did guns.
Heroin use in Germany has risen by 15% between the years of 2015 and 2016. Between 200,000 and 300,000 people are dependent in Germany. 32% of people that enter treatment in Germany enter because of addition to Heroin. If not heroin, than other closely related opioids. If the trends continue, it is predicted that they will see their level of heroin addiction continue to rise.
A recent government study in India has reported that heroin use has risen 5% this year. It is becoming more of an issue, but not to the extent that it has become an issue in the United States and Germany. In India, other opioids are often used instead. Raw, unrefined opium is more problematic there than synthesized heroin. However, as heroin grows in popularity, it is likely to eventually take the place of raw opium over time. If the trends continue as predicted.
When taking the population of the world into account, 1 in 20 adults will experience a heroin overdose. It is estimated that 20% of the world’s population is addicted to opioids. If the trends continue, this number is expected to go up. It has become apparent to nearly all experts that a large scale reworking of the opioid crisis is needed.
Portugal has the lowest reports of heroin and opioid dependency. This is directly correlated to the fact that Portugal has taken steps to place greater emphasis on treatment. Taking a treatment centered approach when people are caught with drugs like heroin has allowed Portugal to greatly reduce the amount of addiction in their country.
It is estimated that if the other countries in the world were to follow suit and place more emphasis on treatment, rather than on the criminal aspect of addiction, the number of people addicted to opioids would drop in those countries as well.
When going over statistical data you can see that there is a direct correlation between the amount of people addicted to heroin and the amount of effort the country puts into developing better treatment methods. Countries that invest more time, money, and effort into treatment have much lower addiction rates than the countries that instead choose to invest the majority of their energy on the criminal aspect of drug addiction.
Blog Zoop recognizes the importance of providing quality treatment. We believe that by assisting people that are addicted to heroin access the care they need, we can be one step closer to tackling the heroin epidemic.