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With so much attention on the drug abuse crisis, the question has always been: How do we stop it?
Heroin and ecstasy are legal highs in some countries and a powerful painkiller, but there’s no denying the addiction is real.
Heroin is a drug that, while not addictive in the same way that cocaine is, is a potent painkiller and, when combined with other drugs, can be dangerous.
And so, in the aftermath of the US opioid crisis, with many countries still struggling with the fallout of a devastating pandemic, some countries have been looking to the internet to offer a safe haven.
Here are some of the biggest trends to watch in 2017, with the most important questions answered: Heroin, ecstasy, and the UK The rise of the internet has helped to legitimise drug use.
The UK is home to more than 20,000 drug users and the US has more than 1 million.
In 2017, the UK’s share of the global illicit drug market jumped from 8 per cent to 10 per cent and its share of total illicit drug consumption jumped from 2.3 per cent in 2016 to 4.3 percent in 2017.
The biggest difference between the two countries is that in the UK, users can get the drug from online sellers and dealers who are not licensed to sell.
So it is the UK that has become a hub for the internet’s supply chain and, in turn, the drugs that are coming into the UK.
In the US, though, online drug markets are illegal and dealers cannot buy from licensed dealers.
Heroine and ecstasy sales have soared in the past year in both countries.
And in some ways, the internet offers a much safer alternative.
According to the UK government, drug users are now able to buy heroin, heroin with a high street value, MDMA and cannabis from online shops.
But the real challenge for users is finding the right supplier, and in some cases, that can mean buying the drugs from dealers.
UK-based online drug company Ecstasy.com, which sells Ecstasy online, has been a major supplier of the drug to the US.
Its CEO, Matt Breslin, told The Independent that his company was looking to supply “up to 200,000 MDMA tablets” in the US in the first half of 2018, while selling Ecstasy in the country for the first time in the third quarter of 2018.
In Canada, however, the situation is much more complicated.
According the Canadian Association of Drug Counselors (CAFD), in the six months to June 2018, police recorded 7,097 drug-related arrests and seized more than 10 million Ecstasy tablets.
The CAFD estimates that Canada has the third highest number of Ecstasy seizures of any country in the world.
But, as Breslins own company told The Guardian, the problem is far from over.
“While we believe that Canada is a safe place for people to buy and use Ecstasy, we cannot predict whether that will continue in the future,” he said.
The problems are also not limited to Canada.
According a survey by the US Drug Policy Alliance, about 80 per cent of US adults have used heroin in the last 12 months.
And according to the New York Times, drug use has increased more in the United States than any other developed country.
And while the use of Ecstas is up across the US and Canada, heroin is the drug of choice in a number of major American cities, with Chicago the epicentre.
With its popularity, the availability of cheap and easy-to-buy heroin, and its popularity in the drug-addicted world, Ecstasy is one of the most popular drugs in the market.
The US drug crisis has made it much harder for users to access safe alternatives.
As the BBC reported in January, the US’s rate of drug overdose deaths reached a record high of 1,766 per 100,000 people.
But as The Independent reported last week, the number of overdose deaths has dropped significantly since the first quarter of 2017.
And although the rate of deaths has increased, overdoses are also declining.
The International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) said in February that the rate has decreased from 10.1 in the second quarter of 2016 to 3.3 in the latest quarter of 2019.
But with the use rates of both heroin and Ecstasy continuing to increase, the trend for the drug is continuing.
Heroines are the new MDMA While there are a number other factors to consider when looking at the heroin market in 2017 – including the popularity of MDMA, synthetic drug trends and rising supply – the UK has always had a dominant role in the drugs supply chain.
Heroins and Ecstases were the first drugs to be sold legally in the British Isles.
But heroin and ecstasy also have a strong relationship. It is not