Teenagers in the Netherlands start drinking at a later age, though those who do consume alcohol don't drink any less than in previous years, according to a study by newspaper Trouw, the Trimbos Institute, the Jellinek addiction institute, and the Netherlands Institute for Alcohol Policy.
Between 2014 and 2016 the number of recorded deaths caused by a drug overdose nearly doubled, according to the National Drug Monitor by the Trimbos Institute and research and documentation center WODC, NOS reports reports.
Popular designer drug 4-Fluoroamphetamine, also known as 4-FA and 4-FMP, will be banned in the Netherlands beginning Thursday. The party drug will be on the classified as "List I" under the country's drug laws, meaning it will be labeled as a hard drug.
An increasing number of elderly people are struggling with drinking problems. There are currently between 150 thousand and 200 thousand elderly alcoholics in the Netherlands, an increase of about 10 percent compared to last year. Approximately 10 thousand of them sought help.
Young people between the ages of 16 and 24 years are increasingly taking recreational drugs when going out. The polls used are also much stronger and used more often, which makes for increased risk to health and well being. This is according to research done by the Trimbos institute.