Drug Abuse Kills 200,000 People Each Year: UN Report

Drug abuse kills about 200,000 people worldwide each year, according to a new United Nations (UN) report. Global treatment for drug abuse would cost $250 billion per year if everyone who needed help received proper care, according to the UN.

Fewer than one in five people who need treatment actually receive it, according to the Associated Press. Crimes committed by people who need money to finance their drug habit, as well as loss of productivity, add tremendous costs for many countries, the report notes.

The UN estimates that about 230 million people, or 5 percent of the world’s population, used illegal drugs at least once in 2010. In the United States, female drug use was two-thirds the male rate, while in India and Indonesia, females constituted only one-tenth of those using illegal drugs.

The 2012 World Drug Report cited an increase in synthetic drug production worldwide, “including significant increases in the production and consumptions of psychoactive substances that are not under international control.” Overall, use of illegal drugs remained stable during the past five years, at between 3.4 and 6.6 percent of the world’s adult population. Marijuana was the most widely used drug.

Coca bush cultivation has decreased 33 percent over the past 12 years. Seizures of methamphetamine more than doubled in 2010 compared with 2008. In Europe, seizures of Ecstasy pills more than doubled.

“Heroin, cocaine and other drugs continue to kill around 200,000 people a year, shattering families and bringing misery to thousands of other people, insecurity and the spread of HIV,” the Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, Yury Fedotov,  said in a news release. He added that as developing countries emulate industrialized nations’ lifestyles, it is likely that drug consumption will increase.

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    December 15, 2016 at 3:52 PM

    drugfreentwork.com says 6% of the worlds pop. die this says 5%

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    October 25, 2016 at 11:22 PM

    One facet of this situation I find to be highly disturbing, is the complete and total lack of resources & availability for help for those that are truly seeking a chance in their lifestyle. With the ongoing “War on Drugs” being waged by the federal government, one would be led to believe that accessibility to the proper care and treatment would be made readily available to any and all who are willing to seek out the help they deserve. It’s seriously time to stop talking about the actions that need taking, and actually putting the actions into places where the help is so desperately needed. I hope and pray that one day, affordable and legitimate assistance can be provided to every soul in need of rescuing from this unprecedented epidemic. God bless. #MAGA.

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    January 9, 2016 at 8:11 AM

    Plus the plain truth is, fatalities from dope, coke and meth are nothing compared to how many people alcohol and cigarettes kill each year.

    Heroin, cocaine, prescription opiates, all benzodiazepines, and all other prescription drugs combined only kill 60,000 people a year.

    According to the CDC, year after year, tobacco is responsible for about 400,000 deaths and alcohol kills about 100,000 people.

    So, you guys should know that this is all just a bunch of bullshit drug hysteria created our worst enemy, the mainstream American media.

    Pleasant dreams..

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    January 9, 2016 at 7:57 AM

    Some people are capable of using any psychoactive compound recreationally – even something capable of creating severe physical dependerncy, like diacetylmorphine – commonly known by it’s original brand name, Heroin. Heroin was the brand created by Bayer Pharmaceuticals, who original marketed the drug in the United States beginning in 1895, as a less addictive alternative to morphine. It was finally banned in 1928. But it’s just a bunch of hydrocarbons, capable of crossing the blood brain barrier, like almost every other drug. The real problem with heroin and other illegal drugs is the violent crime that is created by their prohibition while always being in great demand in the market, which of course means that there are HUGE profits to be made in the black market manufacture and distribution of these substances. And since the only elements willing to and capable of engaging in such a high risk venture are the criminal underworld, these organizations govern and litigate their business matters with automatic weapons and through the use of such tactics of intimidation as the decapitation and the subsequent display of their competitors’ heads as well as amputation of limbs for the same purposes.

    At this point, and after years of lost lives and wasted budgets, most individuals in high ranking positions of drug enforcement as well as men and women working courts and indeed, many federal judges agree that the drug war can never be one. The obvious and only feasible solution has been beaten into us. All illicit substances must be legalized. Its the only way to dissolve the profit incentive and remove the criminal element.

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