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Finnish substance abuse helpline: Calls reflect rising drug use

Over half of the calls to Finland’s official substance abuse helpline still concern alcohol, but the percentage of callers asking about marijuana and prescription drugs is growing. Last year, ten percent of the calls to EHYT’s service were about amphetamines, while one quarter of the people on the line had questions or concerns about cannabis.

The Finnish Association for Substance Abuse Prevention EHYT says a rise in drug use in Finland can be seen in their helpline records. EHYT planner Timo Glad says customer calls reveal that illegal medications and cannabis are now more readily available on the streets.

“It’s clearly easier to get your hands on illegal drugs these days, at least in the big cities,” Glad says.

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