In 2013, the Centre for Social Justice determined that the level of addiction in the UK made it the “addiction capital of Europe.” This includes the use of legal substances, mainly alcohol, and the use of Class A drugs, which include Heroin, Cocaine, Meth, and Hallucinogens. £36 billion is spent by the nation every year on treatment relating to drug and alcohol abuse. At the time of filing its report, titled No Quick Fix, the UK had the highest rate of addiction to Opioids and the highest lifetime use of Amphetamines, Cocaine, and Ecstasy across Europe.

Many view addiction as something that only affects the users themselves, but in reality, casualties from substance abuse are taxing on entire communities and society as a whole. Addiction in the UK affects everyone, from loved ones to hospital workers.