Around 5pc of world adult population using drugs

UN drug report launched

Zubair Qureshi

Islamabad—World Around 5 per cent of the adult population, or nearly 250 million people between the ages of 15 and 64, used at least one drug in 2014.
The startling revelations were made in the UN report during a launch here on Wednesday. According to the report, although substantial, the figure has not grown over the past four years in proportion to the global population. The report, however, suggests that the number of people classified as suffering from drug user disorders has increased disproportionally for the first time in six years.
There are now over 29 million people within this category (compared to the previous figure of 27 million). Additionally, around 12 million people inject drugs with 14 per cent of these living with HIV. The overall impact of drug use in terms of health consequences continues to be devastating.
UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov has also noted that it is critical the international community come together to ensure the commitments adopted at the UNGASS are met – and the World Drug Report offers an important tool to assist with this task. “By providing a comprehensive overview of major developments in drug markets, trafficking routes and the health impact of drug use, the 2016 World Drug Report highlights support for the comprehensive, balanced and integrated rights-based approaches as reflected in the outcome document which emerged from the UNGASS.”
While drug-related mortality has remained stable around the world, in 2014 there were still around 207,000 deaths reported: an unacceptably high number of deaths which are preventable if adequate interventions are in place, he said.

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