Russian drug addicts spend 1.5 trillion rubles on drugs a year

Some 20 percent of the world's heroin is consumed in Russia.

Some 20 percent of the world's heroin is consumed in Russia.

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It is comparable to the budget of the country's Defense Ministry.

The amount of money Russian drug addicts spend on drugs every year is comparable to the budget of the country's Defense Ministry, Russian Federal Drug Control Service Director Viktor Ivanov said.

"Russian drug addicts spend 4.5 billion rubles on drugs every day. It's some 1.5 trillion a year, which compares to the budget of the Defense Ministry," Ivanov said on Rossiya-24 (VGTRK) television.

The statistics is linked to the high frequency of the use of drugs by heroin addicts, Ivanov said.

"Besides dependence, heroin addicts have a fear of the withdrawal syndrome. To avoid it, they take from two to eight doses every day. Bearing in mind that a dose costs 1,000-1,500 rubles, and there are 1.5 million rug addicts in the country, it's possible to calculate," Ivanov said. The amount of money drug addicts spend on buying other drugs is lower, but it is considerable, too, he said.

He said heroin and opiates are consumed primarily in large Russian cities, where industry is developed and where there are many young people, marijuana is popular in agricultural regions, where it grows, and synthetic drugs are popular everywhere.

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