‘Drug Use Increased 30% in India in Last Decade, 35 Mn Affected’
The United Nation's latest report on drug use revealed a 30 per cent increase on 2009 with regards to the consumption of narcotics with some 35 million people worldwide suffering from drug disorders, thanks to in-depth surveys conducted in India and Nigeria.
The UN has raised the alarm on the need for further international cooperation to deal with the health and criminal impact of substance misuse, the Efe news reported."
"The findings of this year's World Drug Report fill in and further complicate the global picture of drug challenges, underscoring the need for broader international cooperation to advance balanced and integrated health and criminal justice responses to supply and demand," Yury Fedotov, Executive Director of the UN's Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), said.
The surveys in India in 2018 and Nigeria in 2017 have offered great insights into drug consumption due to being such vast demographics for their region. India accounts for 30 per cent of the population in Asia alone.
The Indian survey was based on interviews with 5,00,000 people across the nation.
The studies have contributed to more accurate figures of drug use globally.
Previous records fell 4.5 million people short in their estimates and it was the surveys conducted in both India and Nigeria that triggered the adjustment.
The death toll also increased, with 5,85,000 people dying in 2017 from drug use.
Opioids are the drugs that present the largest cause for concern due to the severe impact on the health of users.
Also of concern is the non-medical use of painkiller Tramadol produced in South Asia and trafficked primarily to Africa and the Middle East.
Amongst the negative consequences of drug use, mental health disorders, HIV infection, hepatitis C and overdose are the main concerns, many of which can lead to premature death.
The rate of 15-64 year olds who inject drugs is four times higher in eastern and southeastern Europe and in central Asia.
According to the report, 50 per cent of those who inject drugs live with hepatitis C.
Mortality rates overwhelmingly affect men who account for 72 per cent of those who die as a result of drug use.
Sixty-eight per cent of overdose deaths in 2017 were due to opioids.
Most of the world's opioids are produced in Afghanistan (263,000 hectares of poppy seed production) with Myanmar (37,300 hectares) coming in as the second largest producer amid a decline in consumption in Asia as the demand for synthetic drugs increased, particularly methamphetamine.
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