Many of the articles we read and the studies we observe are discussing drug and alcohol abuse in the United States. However, drug and alcohol abuse is a problem that is occurring all around the world, and has been an issue in numerous countries for centuries.
Research studies do show that specific drugs used vary from country to country and from region to region. Throughout the world, the main substance of abuse is alcohol, and the three main illegal drugs of abuse are marijuana, opiates (particularly heroin), and cocaine. Drugs have been present in every culture throughout history, whether used for medical, religious, or recreational purposes.
The problem of drug abuse around the world has dramatically increased during the past 100 years, as advances in chemistry and science have allowed new drugs to be mass-produced and created synthetically from old sources. Unfortunately, these new drugs that are refined and created synthetically are often more dangerous, powerful and addictive than any drugs in the past. While great advances have been made in the creation and use of drugs for medical purposes, drug use for recreation and pleasure has increased sharply, resulting in a much higher occurrence of addiction around the world.
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