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June 25, 2004

United Nations World Drug Report 2004 : New Publications

(Source:'United Nations World Drug Report 2004 presents an in-depth look into Global Trends' : UN Information Service, 25 Jun 2004)

Approximately three per cent of the world population (185 million people) have abused drugs during the previous 12 months, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). A small percentage of the world population abuses cocaine (13 million people) or opiates (15 million abusers of heroin, morphine and opium). By far the most widely abused substance is cannabis (used at least once a year by over 150 million people), followed by the amphetamine-type stimulants ATS (38 million users, among them eight million users of ecstasy). These figures were presented today by UNODC in a two-volume World Drug Report. The first volume covers market trends and provides in-depth trend analyses while the second volume compiles detailed statistics on the worldwide drug market

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