WATCH: An interactive map of the UK’s drug-fuelled violence article NEW YORK, NY — An interactive map showing the locations of UK-based drug-fueled violence reveals the UK has the highest rate of drug-related deaths of any country in Europe.
A report by the Institute for Economics and Peace found the UK, along with France and the Netherlands, had a total of 9,977 drug-connected deaths from 2000 to 2020, which was almost double the EU average of 5,913.
The study, which uses data from coronavirus monitoring site GlobalBidder, found the drug-induced deaths accounted for more than half of all drug-associated deaths in the UK.
In a statement, the IEP said the findings showed that drug-based violence was a growing problem and needed to be addressed.
It is a matter of increasing concern that the rate of the spread of drug use has increased rapidly over the past decade.””
Drugs are used in the production, distribution, and sale of illegal drugs across the UK and this makes the UK one of Europe’s most drug-prone countries,” the statement said.
“It is a matter of increasing concern that the rate of the spread of drug use has increased rapidly over the past decade.”
Drug-related violence has risen significantly since the introduction of the law allowing for the sale of cannabis.
Drugs such as MDMA, LSD and heroin are also being sold in the U.K., and in the past year, the number of people who have taken part in violent drug-taking has increased.