In Croatia, as well as throughout Europe, cannabis has been the main and most commonly used illegal drug last year, amphetamines are in the second place, and heroin is most frequently used among opiates, according to the Croatian Public Health Institute data. The biggest number of drug addicts were in the County of Zadar.
The youngest person who experimented with psychoactive drugs had 13, and the oldest reported addict 76 years!
In 2017, 958 people were treated, nearly five times more men than women, and the opiate-dependent population is increasingly getting older, the Report on People treated for the Psychoactive Drug Abuse in Croatia in 2017 shows, based on available health information from the health system.
For the whole of Croatia, the rate of drug addicts treated is 248.3 (248.3 per 100,000 population aged 15 to 64). The seven counties have a higher rate of addicts than the Croatian average, and the leading are Zadar County (496.2), followed by Istra County (495.9), Sibenik-Knin (449.7), City of Zagreb (366.7), Primorsko-goranska (342.5), Split-Dalmatia (331.9) and Dubrovnik-Neretva (246.3). Other counties had rates lower than the Croatian average.
The situation is similar with the number of treated opiate addicts, the most of them were in Zadar County (485.4) followed by Istra (432.8), Sibenik-Knin (431.1), Primorje-Gorski Kotar (326.2), Split-Dalmatia (284,3), the City of Zagreb (261,4), and the County of Dubrovnik-Neretva (214,1). For the whole of Croatia, the rate was 200.3, and compared to the previous year (2016) there were no significant changes in the order of counties.
Very similar to last year, among those treated for addiction, the largest number of people were with secondary school education, 67.6 percent among those treated for opiate abuse. The most treated, as in previous years, lived with the primary family, and 37.6 percent of the treated addicts had children.