You may recall the news circulating in November about three Quebec women detained in Australia for transporting an insane amount of Cocaine.
Well, according to the World Drug Report in 2014 - Canada ranked highest in the world for consumption on Pain Killers. Are you surprised?
We're not far off from the rest of the world when it comes to drug use. Cannabis, Cocaine, Ecstasy, and your more-known club drugs run high in usage across our country - but they are not what makes us a contraband leader.
It is, apparently, our love for prescription meds and painkillers.
I believe this boils down to a generation gap. Folks my age aren't so big on prescription pills - at least when it comes to recreation.
But today's kids, Generation Z, they love themselves some prescription happy pills.
It comes from the likes of Yung Lean, and other notable celebrities or musicians glamorizing the use of painkiller medication.
From sizzurp or "purple drank" (Sprite and cough syrup) or the sudden death of Lil Peep as a result of overdose from Tramadol - it would seem that kids these days are less interested in "street drugs" and more intrigued by narcotics they could get from their friendly neighborhood prescription man.
It's no real surprise that the use of painkiller meds is on the recreational rise.
Remember the good ol' days when it was just about a line of cocaine and a nice, fat spliff?
Kids these days, man.
Here is some more data from the 2014 World Drug Report.
"Globally, in 2011, the opioid consumption for medical purposes in morphine equivalence (ME) per person was 61.66 milligrams (mg) per person. This comprises six main opioids: fentanyl, hydromorphone, methadone, morphine, oxycodone, and pethidine.
However, there is a great disparity among levels of consumption and accessibility of pain medications. The high-income countries, which comprise 17 percent of the global population, account for 92 percent of the medical morphine consumed, whereas more than half of the countries that reported to INCB in 2011 had consumption levels of less than 1 mg of morphine per person."