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5 percent of world population abused drugs recently: UN

06-29-17 Category: Addiction, Opioid

5 percent of world population abused drugs recently: UN

Drug abuse and addiction is a menace in many nations of the world. Reiterating the fact, the World Drug Report released by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) on June 22, 2017, said that roughly 5 percent of the world population abused drugs at least once during the past few years. In addition, an estimated 0.6 percent of the global adult population was addicted to narcotic drugs, the effects of which call for imminent treatment, it said.

The report stressed that prescription medication overdose constituted for nearly 70 percent of the total number of drug disorders worldwide. Elucidating on how opioid misuse has a damaging impact on drug users’ health conditions, UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov said, “The international community has come together to take action to stop this deadly trend, including through initiatives such as the Paris Pact and UNODC’s integrated country, regional and global programmes.”

Drug epidemic continues to be a cause of concern in US

Startling figures in the report paint a grim picture of the state of drug abuse in the United States. The report said that approximately one-fourth of the total number of drug-induced deaths take place in the U.S., with the death toll going over 52,000 in 2015. Some of the facts stated in the report are:

  • Nearly 12 million people inject themselves with illicit drugs worldwide, of this, about 1.6 million are affected with HIV and 6.1 million are suffering from Hepatitis C
  • From 2009 to 2016, more than 100 countries informed about the emergence of 739 new psychoactive substances that alter brain functioning, thus, accounting for changes in perception and mood disorders
  • From 2011 to 2016, use of cocaine in Europe had risen by at least 30 percent
  • Opium production across the globe went up by more than 30 percent in 2016 compared with the quantity produced in the previous year. Improved poppy production in Afghanistan, the world’s greatest illicit opium producer, is cited as a significant factor
  • Constant vigilance led to lower number of heroin and morphine seizures in Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey and along other countries en route the traditional Balkans path used for drug smuggling between 2014 and 2015. Conversely, illicit transportation of substances rose over the same period along the route passing through countries like Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and via the Black Sea to Ukraine and Romania.

The unveiling of the 20th World Drug Report is a matter of significance as it comes at a time when nations across the world have decided to launch a joint action plan in the struggle against drug abuse. Drug misuse is not an individual country’s problem. Its outbreak and its repercussions need to be handled seriously.

Dealing with drug addiction effectively

The prevalence of drug addiction has forced the United Nations to declare it a global epidemic. Addiction is a serious disease that needs timely treatment. With an increasing number of people dying of drug overdoses coupled with the looming fear of new drugs being discovered and smuggled into the market, it is imperative to take stern measures to check drug abuse and addiction.

If you or your loved one is battling addiction to any kind of drugs, including prescription painkillers, it is necessary to seek immediate help. Sovereign Health is a leading treatment provider for substance abuse problems in the U.S. San Clemente drug rehab centers are known for their updated and state-of-the art treatment methods aimed at helping people recover from their compulsive drug use problems. The drug rehabs San Clemente are rated among the best in the country. Call our 24/7 helpline member or chat online for a quick resolution.

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