Write 12 pages with APA style on Addictions in the Era of Economical Destabilization. t, Greece, which is currently undergoing a financial crisis, has become a topic of interest for economists in that apart from these mentioned crimes, drug consumption seems to be the biggest factor fuelled by the crisis. Drug consumption in this context refers to the recurrent intake of illegal drugs. Drug consumption leads to addiction, which is drug dependency, meaning that the drug user cannot survive without consuming the drug.
Greece’s central part, Athens, has been the hardest hit by this economic crisis cum drug consumption relationship. The twist in the matter lies in that while the country is suffering financially, how then does drug consumption, which is overly expensive, be on the rise? This research literature will discuss this problem with regard to recent studies conducted in Greece to determine how the crisis has led to drug consumption. Argentina, which is also undergoing a similar crisis, will be compared to Greece’s Athens in determining whether a connection exists between an economic crisis and drug consumption. The study’s methodology will be drawing information from existing studies and literature regarding the status of drug use in Athens as has been researched by scholars and incorporating it into supporting the thesis.
The economic crisis in Greece began to set in from 2009 and has been on the increase ever since. Greece, with a population of about 11 million, is hard hit by unemployment as about 4 million people remain unemployed today. Additionally, those who are working have been undergoing salary reduction from 2009 which amounts to about – 30%. As part of combating the ongoing crisis, the government reduced its expenditure on public health below 6% of its GDP (3% lower than the OECD’s recommended 9%. To make matters worse, the government slashed the expenditure on social programs and welfare by 40%2. Collectively, these matters exposed the dwellers of Greece to multiple problems such as poor access to healthcare.