The places with the biggest drug problems might surprise you.

These are the most common drugs being abused:

–    Anabolic steroids

–    Alcohol

–    Cannabis (both medical and recreational)

–    Cocaine

–    Hallucinogens (such as LSD or psilocybin mushrooms)

–    Heroin

–    Methamphetamine

–    MDMA (molly or ecstasy)

–    Nicotine

–    Prescription medication

–    Synthetic cannabis


3 percent of Australians abuse opioids. It also has one of the highest rates of using cannabis. There are active measures the Australian government has in response. These include:

–    Reducing the supply and demand to protect communities.

–    Creating border security as opposed to beefing up customs control.

–    Offering treatment programs and promoting them.

–    Providing clean needles and syringes to help prevent infections or disease.


Mexico is known to produce a lot of drugs and then export them to other countries, including the United States. Methamphetamine is the most significant drug being abused in Mexico.

They have Drug Wars that cause a lot of violence and cost a lot of money to fight annually.

United States

Of course, the United States is on this list. They have a vast prescription pill epidemic. 7 out of 10 Americans have been on a prescription pill or have been recent.  Here are the top three most prescribed drugs:

–    Antidepressants

–    Pills for chronic issues

–    Opioids

Doctors are known to push certain drugs and this can lead to addiction. Many people end up having to find unsafe and illegal alternatives. This only ends up worsening the problem in Mexico because they have buyers in the U.S.


Everyone knows Russia has an alcohol problem. They are the home of the ever-popular Vodka after all. Russians actually have a high rate of early death because of alcohol drinking. This is usually caused by:

–    Accidents

–    Alcohol poisoning

–    Liver diseases

–    Suicide

–    Violence

In Russia drinking is a lifestyle statement. This has adverse long term effects on their society as a whole.

United Kingdom

The United Kingdom and Russia are actually close in their statistics for alcohol problems. The UK has the highest rate of consuming alcohol. People accept drinking as a way of life and tend to binge drink weekly.

1.6 million people in the U.K. suffer from alcohol addiction and do not get treatment. This is due to their accepting culture of alcohol drinking.