Brazil third largest consumer of amphetamines
The consumption of ATS has skyrocketed in Brazil, making it the world's third most hyperactive country:
Brazil has become the third largest consumer of amphetamine-type stimulants (ATS) in the world, according to a report released Tuesday by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
According to the report, the consumption of ATS in Brazil, including amphetamines, methamphetamines and ecstasy, was 10 daily doses for every 1,000 residents from 2004 to 2006, while in Argentina, the world's largest ATS consumer, consumption reached 17 daily doses for every 1,000 residents in the same period.
Tolerance levels to amphetamines rise quite rapidly, so a user needs more and more to satisfy their cravings. Widespread ATS use is more common in developing countries (developed nations prefer their cocaine and heroin), and in Brazil it would seem that most of the users are women:
The use of amphetamine-like drugs in Brazil is particularly prevalent among women and this use is strongly related to the culture of slimness as a symbol of beauty.