You would think the vodka would be enough.
Sad to see people slowly killing themselves...all for a few relatively transient moments of euphoria. Says huge amounts about human condition (read fragility, or depravity).
No thanks...they can have it.
in 2016, the situation in Russia changed. A huge clampdown on the smuggling trade, of everything from illegal furs to alcohol and drugs, and the arrest of key smugglers momentarily strangled the supply of banned substances in the country. Well-established dealing networks were lost. Drugs imported from Europe such as ecstasy, amphetamine and cannabis stopped going through ports so easily. With diminished supply, these drugs soared in price.
<>Wholesale drug suppliers came to the conclusion that Russia needed a new product. The criteria were simple: its manufacture should be easy and inexpensive, and the potency strong. Despite it having been banned in Russia in 2010, mephedrone was their solution.
Ban less harmful drugs like cannabis, and the void will be filled by far worse stuff - because it's (temporarily) legal, or it's easier to make and get into the hands of customers.
The more a War on Drugs succeeds, the more it fails.