Drug use on the rise in Iceland

According to recent statistics Icelanders are the biggest users of addictive painkillers, stimulants, sleeping pills, tranquilisers, sedatives and anticonvulsants in the Nordic countries’.

“There is real cause for concern,” Olafur B. Einarsson, Project Manager for Pharmaceuticals at the Iceland Directorate of Health told Morgunbladid´s reporter. “We are seeing much greater use of addictive drugs in Iceland than anywhere else in the Nordics,” he continues. “For instance, Icelanders are by far the biggest users of stimulants such as Ritalin and related drugs – we use proportionally 260% more than the Swedes, in second place.”

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