Serbia has 200,000 addicts

According to the organizers of the Belgrade Health Festival, Serbia has over 200,000 addicts with just 2 percent of them receiving treatment.

A press release said that addicts are battling drug, tobacco and alcohol addiction as well as dependency on gambling, social networks, mobile phones and computers.

Education Minister Dr Slavica Đukić Dejanovic is quoted as saying that heroin is the main drug of choice, with heroin addicts accounting for more than 50 percent of the people requesting treatment. She added that the number of cocaine and amphetamine addicts was also growing.

“There has been an increase in the abuse of cannabis and synthetic cannabinoids, as well as in so-called behavioural addicts (pathological gambling, betting, online). The drug trade has moved from the streets to the dark web. New addictions require new procedures both in diagnosis and in the approach to people who are addicted to gambling, the Internet and other types of addiction,” says Dr Đukić Dejanović.

According to Dr Svetlana Vučetić Arsić, a neurologist and expert in the treatment of addictions, significant changes are observed in the consumption of certain legal and illegal substances in Serbia and the trends are similar in the EU. Addictive diseases that until now were mostly related to chemical substances, such as alcohol, nicotine, cannabis and opiates, stimulants and benzodiazepines, have found their counterpart in widespread non-chemical ones, i.e. the so-called behavioural addictions.

“I am referring to addiction to gaming (video games) and in the last few years, addiction to mobile phones (nomophobia), social networks and pathological gambling. In our country, there is a growing number of people who are prone to games of chance and gambling, which goes beyond recreational or sporadic consumption. Online gambling is particularly accessible and widespread among young people, although there are official age restrictions in place”, she adds.

(Politika, 28.05.2024)

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