Greece has recorded 7,688 drug-related deaths in the past 10 years, according to figures provided by the Therapy Center for Dependent Individuals (KETHEA).
KETHEA released the figures in light of the report released for the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, June 26.
According to the organization, opiate drugs, heroin in particular, are the most widely used and fatal in Greece, while users often combine them with the use of pills or alcohol, further increasing their chances of direct death.
The KETHEA report says that the main reasons for a young person’s involvement with drugs are first of all the fun factor and peer pressure, the need for someone to “belong” somewhere, not being “embarrassed” for their choices, not to be excluded by social groups. The fear of rejection in general, which is largely related to personal insecurity, is a factor that “pushes” young people toward drugs, the report says.
In the context of personal insecurity, self-destructive behavior is also included, which is also an important factor in the use of addictive substances. The KETHEA report notes that chronic drug users have low self-esteem and sometimes have strong feelings of aggression towards themselves.
These statistics are frightening if one looks at the current social context in Greece, the report continues. Mass suicides due to the economic crisis and tendencies for self-destruction are very common.
People who can not withstand pressure or dealing with difficulties, young people who are unemployed, with their crushed dreams and uncertain future, often show strong self-destructive behaviors and drugs are often the “easy solution” for them, the report says.
The consequences of chronic drug use, mental and physical, are pretty much known. Complete immune system collapse, inability to concentrate, and gradual inability to function, drowsiness and even sudden death, are part of the physical consequences of chronic use. AIDS should also be added to the serious health problems created by drug use, the report further says.