Use of synthetic and prescription drugs rises

Yury Fedotov

The use of new synthetic drugs and the abuse of prescription drugs is on the increase according to the latest World Drug Report.

However, the report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime or UNODC also shows that the global markets for cocaine, heroin and marijuana, the most used drug of choice, has declined or remained stable.

Globally, some 210 million people, or 4.8 per cent of the world population aged 15-64, took illicit substances at least once in the previous year.

Yury Fedotov, the Executive Director of UNODC says efforts to slow the production of poppy and cannabis helped curb usage, but those gains could be short-lived.

"If these supply reduction measures are to succeed we must also to reduce demand. For this we need effective measures to prevent drug use and to provide drug dependent people with treatment care and support."

The flagship report was launched at United Nations Headquarters on Thursday.

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