Global drug use situation remains stable: UN reportListen /
The global drug-use situation remains largely stable, according to a new report by the UN office on Drugs and Crime or UNODC.
Up to 200,000 people die every year due to illicit drugs, the agency says.
The release of the report coincides with the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking observed on 26 June every year.
The theme for this year is "drug use disorders are preventable and treatable."
As UNODC's head of research, Angela Me is in charge of a number of the organization's core publications, including the World Drug Report.
New Psychoactive Substances or NPS like bath salts, amphetamines or artificial cannabis are synthetic drugs that are becoming a major public health concern.
UNODC warning stems from their increased use and the lack of scientific research and understanding about their adverse effects.
Polydrug use, the combination of prescription drugs like sedatives and tranquilizers together with an illicit substance, is also of particular concern.
Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.