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growing trend in abuse and production of psychotropic substances
must be reversed.....we must never give in to the human toll
illegal drugs are taking on our societies. There are 21 million
victims around the world who abuse cocaine and heroin, and 30
million who abuse amphetamine-type stimulants. We cannot ease
their suffering, or that of their loved ones, unless we fight
Kofi Annan, at the opening of the General Assembly's 1998 Special
on World's Drug Problem.
there are about 190 million drug users around the world.
use has been increasing among the young people worldwide.
Most drug abusers are under the age of 30.
1999, the number of countries reporting injecting drug use was
136, up from 80 in 1992. Of these, 93 countries also identified
HIV among drug injectors.
is the most widely abused drug in all parts of the world.
full economic cost of drug abuse in the United States is estimated
at approximately $70 billion annually.
abuse among the unemployed in Columbia was found to be 10 times
higher than among those working.
illicit drug industry is now estimated to be over $400 billion