A boy consumes a dose of methamphetamine in the woods in the city of Prague.

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A Silent Scream

Gabriele Rossi | Czech Republic

Organization: Freelance

Methamphetamine is the most widely used synthetic stimulant drug in the world and the latest data point to a steady expansion of the market in the European Union.

Between 2010 and 2020, the number of methamphetamine seizures in the EU more than doubled (from 3,000 to 6,200), while the quantities seized increased by 477% to 2.2 tonnes in 2020.

Of the 60 cities that have data on methamphetamine residues in urban wastewater for 2021 and 2022, 39 reported an increase, 6 a stable situation, and 15 a decrease.

The 3 cities with the highest loads are all located in the Czech Republic.

Demonization condemns drug addicts to clandestinity and pushes them towards life-threatening practices, in the absence of health protection, where it is consumed in the dark, wrapped in an aura of shame and without the possibility of checking quality and dosages.

It is very difficult for a drug addict to find that strength within themselves to ask for help, a help they need and not our pity, so their cry did not remain a silent cry.

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