2012-12-26 05:23:07 UTC
One Turk a day dies due to drug abuse, statistics show
December 25 2012
Picture: This photo shows marijuana confiscated in a raid in the
southern city of Adana. Turkish security forces detained 105,665
suspects in 2011 in 67,099 drug raids. AA Photo
A recent official report reveals that 365 people were killed last year
in Turkey. The average age of male drug addicts in Turkey is 33.5
while the average age of their female counterparts is 43.2, according
to the report
Some 365 people died in the last year in Turkey due to drug addiction,
according to the Interior Ministry, which said 95.2 percent of the
victims were male.
The report indicated that 105 of the deaths were “directly” connected
to drug addiction like overdoses and that the other 260 fatalities
were “indirectly” caused by drug usage.
The report, based on statistics collected in 2011, is the most
comprehensive report prepared by the Interior Ministry’s Police
The head of the Police Department’s Anti-Smuggling and Organized Crime
Bureau (KOM), Mehmet Yeşilkaya, said that in 2011 and 2012, 117 tons
of cocaine, 17.1 tons of heroin, 1 million pills of the drug captagon
and 3 million ecstasy pills were seized by security forces.
Successful operations take toll on cartels
With successful operations against organized crime groups over the two
years, the leaders of many groups pushing drugs have been arrested and
sent to prison, he said.
The average age of male drug addicts is 33.5 while the average age of
their female counterparts was 43.2, resulting in an average of 34. The
report added, however, that a child under the age of 15 died for the
first time due to drugs.
Turkish security forces detained 105,665 suspects in 2011 in 67,099
drug raids. The usage of heroin, marijuana and captagon has decreased,
the report said, but added that the usage of cocaine, ecstasy and
methamphetamine had risen.
The report also included a survey which revealed that some 40.3
percent of addicts started using drugs because of a “sense of
curiosity,” 23.89 percent said “their friend influenced them,” 15.23
percent said “they found an exit in drugs while escaping from their
problems,” while 14.31 percent put the blame on “family matters.”
Some 8,045 people were interviewed for the survey; just 2.7 percent
said they used drugs at least once in their lives, although 51 percent
said they had tried smoking cigarettes, Cuban cigars or nargiles.