Over 48,000 of teens in Turkey suffer from drug addiction
Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 1
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
Today there are 48,374 teenage drug addicts in Turkey, the newspaper Sabah reported citing a report of the Turkish Statistical Institute (TUIK) on Oct. 1.
A drug called bonzai is the most commonly used one among the teenagers in Turkey, according to the report.
Bonzai is an entirely chemical substance that can cause a rapid increase in blood pressure and heart rate, severe dry mouth, hallucinations, a feeling of hunger, memory loss, temporary blindness and temporary paralysis.
The minimum age of drug addicts in Turkey is 13, the maximum being 65, according to Turkish Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction (TUBIM).
TUBIM stats show that 2.9 percent of drug addicts among the Turkish citizens are aged 15-24, 2.8 percent - 25-44, and 2.3 percent - 45-64.
In 2013, some 5,214 people were treated in Turkey for drug addiction. There are 22 drug treatment centers for drug addiction in the country.
Last year, some 18 percent out of the total number of arrested people, or 23,738 people, were drug dealers.
In the last four years, some 316,466 people were arrested in Istanbul for the use and sale of drugs. In recent years, Turkey has tightened the fight against drug addiction.
Earlier, the Health Minister Mehmet Muezzinoglu said that the sale of psychotropic drugs without a prescription will be banned in the fight against drug abuse.
Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu also recently said that drug traffickers will be prosecuted as terrorists in the country.