U.N. Office On Drugs And Crime Releases 2017 World Drug Report Highlighting Growing Problem Of Opioid Use

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“Of the quarter of a billion people who used drugs in 2015, about 29.5 million — or 0.6 percent of the global adult population — were engaged in ‘problematic use’ and suffered from drug use disorders, including dependence, according to report out [Thursday] from the United Nations drugs and crime agency…” (6/22).

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“…The World Drug Report 2017 launched Thursday by the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said that opioids were the most harmful drug type, accounting for 70 percent of drug-linked health problems worldwide. It said opioids, including heroin, legal painkillers, such as morphine, and synthetic drugs like fentanyl were responsible for many premature drug deaths…” (Schlein, 6/22).