In the past, addicts were considered weak-willed but now the medical profession is starting to treat addiction as a disease. Also, as times change, the kinds of things we become addicted to change too, as does the number of people who fall victim to addiction.
In this episode of the Agenda podcast we look at why people become addicts and the approaches different countries and cultures have to treating addiction.
First we talk to Alexis Goosdeel, director of the European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction, about the changing nature of the problem in Europe [00:00:33].
One of the countries the EU is working most closely with in this area is China. Explaining exactly how they're working together is Shan Yehua, acting director of the international cooperation division at China's national Narcotics Control Commission [11:26].
Erin Khar – who took her first pill aged just eight – tells her story of addiction, what her life was like before, during and after her 15-year addiction to heroin [15:52].