I've been noticing since I've been keeping this blog searching for news updates relevant to heroin and addiction that there is a much higher number of heroin-related news stories coming from the UK than in the United States.
Every day, there is a story of a large drug bust or a human interest story of a family suffering from an addict's behavior or grieving because of an addict's overdose. I am unsure whether or not this is because heroin is a bigger problem in the UK or if there is just a greater interest in the issue.
With an estimated 320,000 drug addicts (based on the Telegraph's reported statistics), Britain apparently has the worst drug addiction rate in Europe. However, at least according to 2005 statistics I was able to find, 19.7 million Americans are problem drug users.
While we hear about the "War On Drugs" in the news, occasionally, we seldom hear about the human element. I wonder if the reason that there are more stories of dead addicts and addicts' families in the UK news has to do with a cultural difference...a greater respect for the pain and losses that addiction causes.
The horrifying picture accompanying this post is from a UK public service ad. Pretty effective, eh?