United Kingdom

Source Information Centre, Lifestyle Statistics, Statistics on Drug Misuse England 2007 (London, England National Health Service, 2007), p. 6. 4. The United Kingdom's incarceration rate is England & Wales 148 inmates per 100,000 of national population, with a total prison population 79,861 out of an estimated national population of 53.85 million. Northern Ireland 84 inmates per 100,000 of national population, with a total prison population 1,466 out of an estimated national population of...

Narcotics Treatment

Unlike alcohol or tobacco, heroin causes no ongoing toxicity to the tissues or organs of the body. Apart from causing some constipation, it appears to have no side effects in most who take it. When administered safely, its use may be consistent with a long and productive life. The principal harm comes from the risk of overdose, problems with injecting, drug impurities and adverse legal or financial consequences. Source Byrne, Andrew, MD, Addict in the Family How to Cope with the Long Haul...

Methamphetamine

Repeated use of amphetamines has been shown to cause death of large numbers of brain cells. Repeated use also induces dependence. Tolerance develops slowly, but amounts several hundred-fold greater than the amount originally used may eventually be ingested or injected. Tolerance to various effects develops unequally, so that tachycardia and enhanced alertness diminish, but hallucinations and delusions may occur. However, even massive doses are rarely fatal. Long-term users have reportedly...