Large batch of drugs seized in Turkey
Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 25
By Rufiz Hafizoglu - Trend:
A large batch of drugs was seized in the south-eastern Turkish province of Diyarbakir, Anadolu agency said Oct. 24.
More than 1.5 metric tons of drugs were seized as a result of the police special operation, the agency said.
Turkey's south-eastern provinces are considered as a drug trafficking corridor from Afghanistan and other Asian countries.
Today there are 48,374 teenage drug addicts in Turkey.
A drug called bonzai is the most commonly used one among the teenagers in Turkey.
It was earlier reported that the minimum age of drug addicts in Turkey is 13, average - 36 and the maximum being 65.
Around 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.