June 27, 2019

The latest World Drug Report was released by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) on the occasion of International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking (26 June).

Key highlights of report:

  • In 2017, an estimated 271 million people, or 5,5 % of the global population aged 15-64, had used drugs in the previous year.

  • The most widely used drug globally continues to be cannabis, with an estimated 188 million people having used the drug in 2017.

  • Globally, some 35 million people suffer from drug use disorders.

  • Prevention and treatment continue to fall short with only one in seven people with drug use disorders receiving treatment each year.

  • 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.

Source : UN