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Most Drug Addicted Countries in the World


We humans are always mad when it comes to needs, shares (individual/personal) and consumption. People around the world consume almost everything to live, enjoy, live, relax, recreate, rejoice and get relieved (indubitably or apparently). We in our lives always have a tilt towards pleasures and toxic attitude. Consuming, eating, chewing, sniffing and injecting good, bad, worst and legal/illegal etc in whatsoever quantity/dose doesn’t bother us much. Though there are some who use brain before making an attempt to lose it but a large number is not adverse to this type of limitation or safer use.
We are ravenously after their daily dose rather abuse – they are no less than a food to many in the world.

There must always has to be a line between use and addiction. Fair consumption is most of the times unproblematic. It is always the overdose, misuse rather abuse that causes the vulnerabilities and negativeness associated with the drugs. By drug, particularly in the context of article, it is pointed to the recreational drugs which has nothing to with the medicinal uses e.g. alcohol, caffeine, opiates, nicotine, amphetamine and others. Recreational drugs are on many times the destructive ones and a sample to do ample. These drugs causing addiction fall in the category of Narcotics.

An estimated 120,000 tons of caffeine is consumed across the world every year. Carbonated drinks, alcohol and nicotine are the other significant and widely consumed and socially acceptable items. The mind-altering substances are used in varying proportions in different countries around the world, the darker side of the story is the drugs related to opiates and likes of it such as heroin, morphine, methamphetamine and cocaine. The extreme association of addicts with these drugs was reported in World Drugs report that revealed about 230 million people in different regions across the globe are involved in the notorious business of narcotics, consuming the poison in different available forms. Out of 230, the report states 27 million were the ‘problem drug users’, abusing cocaine and heroin. Now this is 0.6% of world’s population (one in every 200).

The mood-enhancers and illicit drug use differs in different regions of the world, their usage proportions, abuse, consumption and popularity is varying depending on factors like cost, cultural values, production, ease of access and availability. The prevalence and consumption of the illicit material is into all the cultures, nations and surrounds around different demographics. Here is the list of ten countries with extreme drug addiction based on prevalence, Global Drug Surveys and sources such as World Drug report.

10. Mexico

Meth addiction in Mexico is the epic epidemic faced by the country. Famous for the notorious rather lucrative drug cartels and known for the major exporter of a number of drugs, the Latin region is a powerhouse when it comes to meth production. The number of national addicts is growing at a rapid pace, a survey conducted in 2012 showed that around 360,000 subjects in the country have used methamphetamine for at least once. Mexico is at 10 with meth usage reaching 3.9% per capita.

9. Brazil

The outbreak of Oxi is a decades long problem for Brazilians. Oxi comprising cocaine, gasoline, paste, calcium oxide and kerosene is highly both addictive and adhesive. The 4.29% per capita consumption of highly hallucinogenic material is aided by the domestic markets, as the Oxi is produced by the country itself. Oxidado or rust being powerful and cheap than cocaine is sadly greatly popular among the Brazilians.

8. United States

The habitual abuse of sleeping pills in US is the most alarming and continuously escalating mess. With more than half on two different drugs, 7 out of 10 Americans are found helpless against at least one prescription pill. The pills exploit by the users are mainly for chronic conditions such as heart problems and diabetes followed by anti-depressants and opioids. Within the space of few years the prescription abuse has been shoot-up from 44% to 48% and will tend to rise because of the social and economic pressures faced by Americans. The nation is devouring prescription pills at a rate of no less than 6.2% per capita.

7. Canada

Canada is among the developed nations facing this kind of worriment. The 6.4% per capita expenditure of Marijuana is impressive enough to place the country on #7. The innocuous pot use is the trouble faced by the Canadians. 44.3% of the British Columbia’s population has used cannabis for at least once in their lives. It is quite notable that the consumption of pot has experienced a significant decrease over last decade, the only alarming facts reported were about the consistency in the age of initiation, averaged around fifteen years. The pot usage reported in 2011 was 39.4% well down form the 44.5% of 2004. The strange policy to decriminalize the individual usage may be the only or only viable option for the government to counter the botheration in a country housing 22,3000 regular pot users.

6. Afghanistan

The most infamous equally lethal of all the drugs has put Afghans on #6 in the lists. 6.9% per capita is telling the story of another war that Afghans have to fight in order to survive. Afghanistan is the leading producer and promoter of infamous poppy opium. A study conducted between 2009 and 2012 showed around 350,000 afghans addicted to the most damaging drug. About 50% of the parents caged in the trouble passed the plague to their offspring. The upsetting statics in the country hit by wars seem never ending; At least one million Afghans citizens are addicted to the most potent toxic which makes nearly 8% of the overall population. The ease of access, limited access to treatment in a country which is consistent on turbulence and trauma created by war are the major factors depressing the country.

5. Russia

With devouring Alcohol at a rate of 7.1% per capita, predominantly vodka is excessively intensifying the Russians to get close to Afghans at least once more. The Alcoholic life style and as said by researcher Prof. David Zaridze “They binge drink! …. that’s the main problem; this is the nation’s lifestyle that needs to change.” The unfortunate and hard to swallow truth is that out of the 25% Russian men who don’t reach their fifty-five are mostly those poisoned by alcohol. Liver disease and accidents under alcohol’s influence are the core factors contributing to the premature death of adults.

4. Slovakia

The solvent abuse is an enormous worry for the country, reaching at #4 because of the toluene, a colorless death to its victim. The inhalants consumed at a percentage of 13.01 per capita. The exact reasons for this unusual high average as compared to the world’s general stats are as unclear as toluene – a thinner like substance causing death of many,most of which are first time users.

3.France

France has worryingly the same issue as west by the US. The high usage of 13.02% per capita is giving the story. The ease of access and relative cheap prescription prices than that of America makes the European country more aggravated to the disease. The relatively high prescription abuse shows that a typical medication costs in US around $133 which is no less than $57 in France when exchanged with Euro. Benzodiazepines, buprenorphine and methadone are the most abused medications in the country.

2. UK

The UK corresponds to the Russia but is getting the second rank because of the alcohol consumption rate of 13.65% per capita. Out of 1.6 million solely in England prone to the potent only 6.4% will bother accessing treatment. The Kingdom like Russia is also widely stereotyped as binge drinking country where the culture is widely accepted, however, it is hard to believe that the drink is neither healthy nor innocuous showing a dramatic neutrality as compared to Russia. About 52% of men and 53% of women in the Kingdom drink above than recommended amounts for at least once in the typical week. It is never too late to mend, the nation should now concern about it before the facing averse.

1. Iran

Heroin inhaled and injected at 14.32% per capita is is the root cause that has plagued and infected the revolutionized Islamic Republic from years. Sadly the country bordering Afghanistan is a transshipment point for Southwest Asian heroin to European markets. Over 40% of the prisoners convicted in the country are behind the bars for drug related offenses. The reports show that more than 3,500 police and security officers have lost their lives in the face-offs and expeditions fighting drugs and drug dealers/smugglers. The annual damage done to the national economy is $8.5 billion. The money earned annually in the dirty trade amounts to 10 trillion tourmans as reported by government of Iran. Opium and Heroin are the epidemics that have plagued the country for decades. Maximum drug users in Iran have addiction to opium. Facing the worst sanctions until now the country has very little amounts of money to tackle the trouble. Iran has none of its indigenous or home grown opium, the toxic crop is brought from the neighboring Afghanistan. The reports revealed in 2006 showed that 53% of the opium produced in the drug heaven Afghanistan left the country through Iran. Despite all the difficulties, the nation is leading the fight against narcotics and is the also ranked #1 when it comes to worlds total opium seizures, intercepting and blocking about 85% of the world’s total opium.
The Iranian anti-narcotics force is one of the worlds most active force against drug mafias, seizing about 340 tons of illicit items from year 2009-2010. Increasing the number of cops on southeastern border, enforcing laws and executing those found guilty of drug trafficking has been effective so far. 300 hangings in 2011 were related to drug trafficking on a large scale. According to a report given by Amnesty around 694 people were granted gallows from January 1 to July 15 of the current year (2015) not much less than 743 in 2014. “The number of executions in Iran is high because 74% of those executed are traffickers in large quantities of opium from Afghanistan bound for European markets,” said Mohammad Javad Larijani, head of Iran’s Supreme Council for Human Rights, during a press conference in May 2011. The amount of money allotted to the war against drug is so tiny that the budget for the UN drug office has been increased to just over $13 million in the period of four years. The improved measures such as better border control and others are doing good but still there is miles to done.

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Countries with Highest Fast Food Consumption Rates


We live in a world that is continuously changing. Ideas, behaviors and trends change as the time moves on. The life in the 21st century is fast than ever – Be it work, move,eat, pee, poo; people like to do it fast. Food has been the basic and foremost need of the humans, however, it is not the only; people today have tons of other tasks to do. The order of the day has brought a change in the eating habits of the world so full of activities. People now a days believe that in order to act and earn fast, they need to eat fast, so that they may get some extra hours in their schedules.

The fast cooked and fast served food serves the purpose for those who love it. The foodstuff is available in a wide range. However, different regions across the globe come with their own brands and versions of food fast for example, American, Chinese and Asian Fast food. The customers can have their bite on various take away points, kiosks, fast-food shelters and restaurants with facilities like shelter and seating. One can also simply place and order and then pick his/her stuff and have it on the go. The typical menu items common in all fast food franchises include pizza, wings, fries, nuggets, hot dogs, fish, hamburgers, salads, sandwiches, french fries, ice cream and various beverages etc.

The taste, quality, expense and implications of the fast-food on the health are never questioned by those who seek it. People around the world have variations in their romance to this type of food. Here is the list of ten countries with maximum consumption of fast food.

1. United States

With Burgers counting for more than 50% of total fast food expense in the nation, United States top the ranks. Despite the efforts made by the junk food giants in the country, the unhealthy eating norms and high obesity rates are mocking the steps taken by companies and government. There are some significant market share-holders specifically McDonald’s, Subway and Burger King. McDonald’s is the real king by far with 17% of the total market share. Total sales of the industry with largest recorded in 2007, have increased by five percent.

2. France

The French restaurants remind you of the classy and elegant dining experience. The boom in Fast food industry has overwhelmed the traditional restaurants in the country. The revenues made by the fast food chains count for 54% of total revenues. The industry offering pizzas, burgers, sandwiches and similar stuff experienced an increase by 14% last year. The eat alone behavior has opened the doors for the Burger King, a franchise that was closed for last 16 years. Subway has increased its outlets by 400 stores in the last 10 years.

3. Canada

Tim Hortons in Canada, an alternative to the multi course food is making 25 percent out of the market. McDonald’s and subway are no way near with eleven and six percent shares respectively. The three giants saw an epochal increase while the likes with smaller chains and stores dealing particularly in Chicken and ice cream suffered the most.

4. United Kingdom

United Kingdom is famous for its classy, albeit expensive, dining fares. The pressures from health authorities have urged the companies like McDonald’s, Burger King and KFC to sign up the deals and take the responsibility and measures to ensure the customer health. McDonald’s and KFC are now the signatures of the deal according to which the companies would reveal the detailed calorie information of their products with the menus. Subway also has to reduce the salt level in its foods by a third.

5. South Korea

The Fast food sector is answering well to the needs of the South Koreans hit by uncertainty brought by the economic crisis. Paris Croissant Co. is the leading and to some extent the only growing fast food franchise in the country. The people spend their lunch and spare ours in eating alone which they think wouldn’t be heavy on pockets.

6. Japan

The house cooked meals are no more preferred by the Japanese consumer after 2011 earthquake as they were once. 7-Eleven Japan Co. Ltd comes with the biggest share of 24% in the fast food market. The company covers the largest space in the sector with 13,865 franchises.

7. Austria

The economic crisis in 2008 got it right for many Austrians to leave the home-cooked stuff. The full service restaurants started losing their effectiveness in the food market of the country as the fast food chains were seen doing the better. The companies are trying to please the customers by their marketed as healthy and high-quality food items and recipes.

8. Germany

Germans are now more leaned to develop some new and healthy. The industry has been working to develop new recipes that are surely fast but involve vegetarian dishes and salads. The healthier options are a result of the German demographic with the large part of population that experiences constant aging. McDonald’s, Subway, Burger King and Nordsee are the big guns.

9. Switzerland

McDonald’s is leading the other players with 152 outlets with a market-share of 45% – which is very undoubtedly a far cry for anyone in the business. Burger King with 26 outlets has only 2% share. The health activists and organizations have taken care of raising the issues related with junk culture, i.e. obesity, high-cholesterol and blood sugar levels which are very detrimental to cardiac health.

10. Sweden

Sweden has made into the lists at #10. With McDonald’s securing 28% of the market is unanimously leading the course. The Government’s decision to reduce the Value-added-tax by more than half to 12 percent will further strengthen the Swedish Fast food industry. The well advertised temporary (1month) menus are paying good to those in business.

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Top 5 Rubber Producing Countries


Natural rubber or caoutchouc is a natural amalgamation of organic compounds, mainly isoprene and some others including water. Latex is the main harvest that is collected as a fruit form the trees. Latex is being extracted through incisions made in the bark of the tapped tree. This basic production method is called tapping. The laborers who are mostly women serve the labor-intensive job to get the  pouring material. The sticky and white colloid gives forms of polyisoprene classified as elastomers; this form of natural rubber is used by the manufacturers in the production of many end products. The latex of the crop is the basic ingredient with the properties like large stretching ratio, flexibility, strength and resilience. The refined and processed latex has a wide commercial use with extensive range of applications in industrial and commercial sector.

More than 80% of the ‘NR’ comes from Southeast Asia. Latex collected and produced is in metric tonnes. Be mindful that its not the production of synthetic rubber, its natural rubber (NR).

Here is a tabulation of top 5 rubber producers in the world.

Rank Country  Production in Metric Tonnes (2011)  % of the World Total  Percent Change (from 2010)
1  Thailand   3,348,897 m/t   29.6% + 9.73%
 2 Indonesia  3,088,400 m/t   27.3%  + 12.92%
3 Malaysia  996,673 m/t 8.8%  + 10.86%
 4  India  891,344 m/t   7.9%  + 3.40%
 5   Vietnam    789,635 m/t  7.0%  + 5.04%

 

Sorce : FAOSTAT


Do you know:

China, India and Malaysia combine consume 48% of global rubber – the consumption comes within the ANRPC (Association of Natural Rubber Producing Countries) as the countries are the members of the global rubber body. This is due to the fact that the countries have extensive use of natural and synthetic rubber in the developed tire sectors. The elite producers from the association are the major consumers of the product. The use is not seized to the tire industries solely, the general rubber goods such its use in clothing, surgical instruments, belting, shoe industry/footwear and hoses etc also has implications.

Hevea brasiliensis, genus Hevea belonging to Euphorbiaceae family of Plant Kingdom, native to Brazil is the standard and almost exclusive source aiding commercial production. The specie indigenous to Brazil concentrated by the industry botanists is cultivated and harvested in different countries across the world by the producers of the crop.

The rubber industry started developing in the world in 1800s after the efforts and then successful attempts of industry botanists and chemists to invent the revolutionary processes of vulcanization and masticator. The demand of the rubber got rapidly increased with the invention of solid and then pneumatic rubber tire. The demand for the rubber insulation and rubberized products were a cause to further nourished the production and supply and thus concluded in the development of modern rubber industry.

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Countries with Most Elite Special Forces in the World


Special Forces group of a country are some of the outstanding, daring and most daunting players who are highly trained to get the job done in the most challenging situations. They can be tested where ordinary or typical soldiers have fear and reservations to tread. The daring strategic targets, tackling potential menace and cracking on the taxing hideouts is no big deal for them.
Ranking them would be in a typical manner won’t be a justifiable option. Here is a list of ten of the most rigorous and fearless combatants in the world. These are the Special Forces trained and invested for special purposes in crucial times by the countries across the world. Let’s give it a try and always count on your countries.

 

10. Marcos (India)

The MARCOS is the special wing of Indian Navy. Marine Commando Force stands high when it comes to counter-terrorism, covert operations, hostage rescue, counterproiferation, Special reconnaissance and others. The really are best of the best in the maritime warfare and operations. The country has them.

9. GIS (Italy)

The tactical response and counter insurgency elite special troops named GIS (Gruppo di Intervento Speciale) are the part of the Carabinieri military police. They were created to strike and counter the terrorism threats by Italian Police in 1978. The group is the pride of Italian Elite Responders.

 

8. EKO Cobra, Austria

The Austrians are at with EKO Cobra (Einsatzkommando Cobra), the primary force developed by the nation to deal with counter-terrorism. The Cobra emerged as a reaction after the Israeli athletes were attacked in 1972 Munich Olympics. The group is known for their marksmanship in the most demanding situations and high-speed involvement in the operations like Graz-Karlau Prision in 1996 for hostage rescue. The EKO has the distinction as being the only Special Forces group to seize the hijackers while the plane was in the air.

 

7. GIGN (France)

The French Elite corps has always been equal to the task. GIGN (National Gendarmerie Intervention Group) has special tactical and operational capacities to engage in counter-terrorism operation, rescue and stealthy activities in any part of the world. The formation of GIGN was inevitable after the 1971 Olympic Games massacre in Munich. A few countries have likes of them.

 

6. SSG (Pakistan)

SSG duly deserves the #6 in the ranks of the World’s Elite combatants. The country with so many disturbances at its interiors justly needs the #6 to cope with terrorists and their abettors. The Pakistani “Black Storks” wearing “Maroon Beret”, the headgear, have symmetry with the U.S. Army’s Special Forces and the Britain’s SAS. Well known for their bravery and daring deeds were even appreciated by the Russian President who paid a high price after engaging them a war which simply couldn’t be fought with the conventional might. Asymmetric Warfare, Counter-Proliferation, Unconventional Warfare, Foreign Internal Defense and sharp tactical and targeted operations on the insurgents, extremists and terrorists inside and on the borders are their daily tasks and they are always up to it. They are dangerous than any danger and the country is blessed to have them.

5. JW GROM, Poland

The Polish JW GROM (Jednostka Wojskowa GROM) formed on July 13, 1990 was the need of hour when the country faced threats. GROM meaning “Thunder” stands in one of the five special operation forces of the Polish Army. The dreadfully brave are capable of taking the terrorists down with the iron hand and the strong fists are equally up to the every unconventional and conventional challenge given to them. They are the most trained fighters.

 

4. GSG 9 (Germany)

Germans have a legacy of fighting the wars, engaging in operations and countering threats. GSG 9 is an Elite Force of a special unit in the German Federal Police. GS9 got established in 1973 after the unfortunate massacre of the Israeli athletes in the Summer Olympics held at Munich. The failure was a wakeup call to the authorities to establish a group that can tackle down fugitives, kidnappers, block and recover extortions and rescue hostages in every possible way. 1500 successful missions from 1972 to 2003 with the exception of discharging the weaponry on just five occasions are good for them to be ranked 4th.

 

3. Delta Force (United States)

Approved and built for the tasks such as counter-terrorism, national intervention operations, direct action are some of the primary and basic duties of the 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment – Delta (1st SFOD-D), primarily and famously known as Delta force. The Delta approved and established in 1997 was modeled after the British 22 Special Air Service Regiment (SAS). The are one of the most well trained troops in the world. Countries envy them.

 

2. Navy SEALs, United States

The American Navy SEALs are the most formidable type in their army. The Elite Warfare Combatants of US are the members of United States Navy. SEALs been divided into the Sea, Air and Land Teams back to the World War II are the extremely versatile, highly capable and top secretive operators in the Navy recruited by Special Activities Division (SAD). The chosen ones are the best of the lot in every aspect of the formidability. The seeking and killing of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan is their most recent and notable development.

1. SAS, United Kingdom

The SAS is a supreme and pioneer model for the Special Services and around the world. Every elite service has followed Special Air Service and learned its arts and tactics of conducting operations and setting up clandestine missions wherever needed. The SAS was launched in 1941 to serve the special operations in World War II. The oldest Elite group has exercised some exceptional missions and executed some incredible tasks in the modern warfare. The safe rescue of hostages from Iranian embassy in London in 1980 was a remarkable accomplishment. The assault missions, covert jobs and anti-terror operations are the most common services performed by Special Air Services. Dangers fear and World knows them.

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Countries With Lions in the World


Lion, the King of the Jungles is one of the emblematic living creatures of the forestry. The insane and inhumane killing of the carnivore is leading us to their extinction in the next 50 years or even less than that. The beauty and strength of Wild life has no reason to live against the relentless habitat loss, illegal killing and over hunting by either dumb or insecure. There were as more as 200,000 in the wilderness of Africa, the Panthera Leo is now having a family that is being diminished to 30,000 creatures in the region.
Today the Lions have living in the only 28 African countries. Continuously teetering on the brink of extinction, they existence is limited to one country (India) when it comes to Asia. Out of 28 countries in continent, they are now declared extinct in 26.

Only seven countries in the African continent are still blessed to have them in their wilds, each with more than 1000.

The countries are:

Botswana

Ethiopia

Kenya

South Africa

Tanzania

Zambia

Zimbabwe

It is said that the predator is reduced to 35,000 at best in the continent down from over 100,000 about fifty years ago. Lion census conducted in 2012 showed the following facts and figures in the different domains of continent.

No of Lions in West Africa: 480

No of Lions in Central Africa: 2,419

No of Lions in Eastern Africa: 19,972

No of Lions in Southern Africa: 12,036

Tanzania is the country believed to have more species than any other in the region. The East-African country has the greatest share of the Panthera Leo with more than 16000 Lions in different Wild Parks and Lion Areas.

 

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