Russia-Ukraine War: Conflict Surges Synthetic Drug Use
The non-stop bombardment from both troops of the Russia-Ukraine war, whether on land or air caused too much damage to structures and took the lives of countless people.
Synthetic Drugs Addiction Rampant in Russian Soldiers Returning from Russia-Ukraine War
The lengthy Russia-Ukraine war has transformed the country’s criminal underworld. Russian drug traffickers discovered new trajectories into and out of the country. Moreover, the conflict created a surge in synthetic drug use in Russia, such as opioids and amphetamines. It was discovered that Russian troops who returned from fighting in Ukraine became addicted to synthetic drugs.
Based on a Royal United Service Institute May report, some Russian soldiers were administered amphetamines to reduce their nervousness while in combat. An October report said soldiers acquired hard drugs delivered to their battlegrounds to resist boredom.
“Given the terrible conditions currently experienced by soldiers in Ukraine, including exposure to atrocities, it is likely that the ongoing war will lead to a comparable and sustained increase in the use of drugs for self-medication,” Galeotti wrote.
These soldiers brought with them the addiction when they returned from Ukraine. It increased “salt-related cases” in Chelyabinsk, Kostroma, Krasnador, Kurgan, and Moscow. It’s a concern that’s unusual to fade away even after the war.
The repercussions of the Russia-Ukraine conflict woke a chapter of criminal chaos in the country. It completely transformed the dynamics in Russia’s criminal drug trafficking mobsters.
According to top Russia watcher Mark Galeotti, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has led to the modernisation of major narcotics opportunities once utilised by Russian syndicates. Before the incursion, Russia had been the hotbed for cross-border courses for all kinds of illegal merchandise. It includes guns, synthetic drugs, money, and human trafficking across Europe and beyond.
On the other hand, Ukraine’s organised crime syndicate once played an important role in the distribution added Galeotti who wrote for the Global Initiative against Transnational Organized Crime.
Russian Military Suffers from ‘Mouse Fever’
Meanwhile, several Russian units have been struck by an outbreak called “mouse or rat-bite fever,” according to Ukraine’s Main Intelligence Directorate. Rodents may transmit the disease to humans either by inhalation, faeces, mucus secretions, or direct contact.
An affected person may experience high fever, severe headache, bleeding eyes, vomiting, and nausea among others. The disease resembles the common flu during its early stages. Additionally, the disease extremely affects the kidneys causing excruciating pain in the lower back, which also makes urinating difficult.
However, Russian officials disregard the complaints of their soldiers, citing them as an excuse to avoid deployment. The disease reduced their soldiers’ combat capabilities.