July 29, 2021, 9:43 am
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275 million people used drugs worldwide in 2020 :UN reports

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The report also said many countries saw an increase within the use of cannabis during the coronavirus pandemic. In surveys of health professionals across 77 countries, 42% said cannabis use had increased

Around 275 million people used drugs worldwide last year, while over 36 million people suffered from drug use disorders, consistent with the planet Drug Report released on Midsummer Day by the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime in Vienna.

The report also said many countries saw an increase within the use of cannabis during the coronavirus pandemic. In surveys of health professionals across 77 countries, 42% said cannabis use had increased. an increase within the non-medical use of pharmaceutical drugs was also observed within the same period.

The report further noted that within the last 24 years, cannabis potency had increased the maximum amount as fourfold in some parts, whilst the share of adolescents who perceived the drug as harmful fell by the maximum amount as 40%.

This development came despite evidence that cannabis use is related to a spread of health and other harms, especially among regular long-term users.

“Lower perception of drug use risks has been linked to higher rates of drug use, and therefore the findings of UNODC’s 2021 World Drug Report highlight the necessity to shut the gap between perception and reality to teach children and safeguard public health,” UNODC executive Ghada Waly said.

According to the newest global estimates, about 5.5% of these between 15 and 64 have used drugs a minimum of once within the past year, while 36.3 million people, or 13% of the entire number of individuals who use drugs, suffer from drug use disorders, the report said.

Globally, over 11 million people are estimated to inject drugs, half whom live with hepatitis C . Opioids still account for the most important burden of disease attributed to drug use, consistent with the report.

The report said that by drugs it mentioned substances controlled under international drug control conventions, and their non-medical use.