Drug Abuse Not A Great Problem In Iceland

Published October 28, 2013

Drug abuse is not a substantial problem in Icelandic society despite one fourth of Icelanders having experimented with drugs and about 10,000 people using cannabis on regular basis.

A survey looking into how many people aged 18-74 have tried using drugs shows that the majority of those who have, only tried drugs once, a few times or for a short period of time and then grew out of it, RÚV reports.

The survey, conducted by criminologist Helgi Gunnlaugsson, reveals that 10,000 people use cannabis regularly. The drug use mostly occurs amongst younger people and becomes less frequent the older people get.
“There are a few hundred such addicts in Iceland and that’s a very profound problem, a sociological problem,” Helgi told RÚV.

Most of those addicts never finished elementary education and have less job experience than their peers.

Many injection drug addicts have health problems and have attempted suicide.
“The drug abuse perhaps maintains these problems but if you take a closer look at the data, those social problems were already present when these individuals begun using drugs,” Helgi said.

He added that in Iceland, drug abuse is seen as a serious threat to society. “This opposition has in many ways kept the problem at bay but despite everything, real drug abuse is quite uncommon.”



News
Police Chief Broke Law In Asylum Seeker Leak Case

Police Chief Broke Law In Asylum Seeker Leak Case

by

The Data Protection Authority (DPA) has ruled that Reykjavík Police Chief Sigríður Björk Guðjónsdóttir, during her time as Suðurnes Police

News
Reykjavík Experiments With Shorter Work Week

Reykjavík Experiments With Shorter Work Week

by

The city of Reykjavík will be making a tentative experiment with a shorter full-time work week for some of their

News
Volcano Has Maybe Stopped Erupting, Not 100% Sure

Volcano Has Maybe Stopped Erupting, Not 100% Sure

by

Víðir Reynisson, Department Head at Iceland’s Civil Protection has told RÚV that although it looks as if Holuhraun has stopped

News
Netflix Coming To Iceland

Netflix Coming To Iceland

by

Sam Film have closed a deal with streaming giant Netflix to bring the service to Iceland, reports RÚV. It is

News
Banks Made Over 80 Billion ISK Last Year

Banks Made Over 80 Billion ISK Last Year

by

Iceland’s three banks made a combined total of 81.2 billion ISK last year alone, showing an increase of over 25%

News
Tourist Business Unhappy With Civic Protection

Tourist Business Unhappy With Civic Protection

by

While Civic Protection in Iceland has been diligent about protecting Icelanders and tourists alike from the dangers of the Holuhraun

Show Me More!