Issue 22 | June 27, 2011
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World Drug Report 2011: Drug markets stable but consumption of synthetic and prescription drugs rises

23 June 2011 - While global markets for cocaine, heroin and cannabis have declined or remained stable, the production and abuse of prescription opioid drugs and new synthetic drugs have risen, according to the World Drug Report 2011. Illicit cultivation of opium poppy and coca bush have remained limited to a few countries. Although there has been a sharp decline in opium production and a modest reduction in coca bush cultivation, the overall level of manufacture of heroin and cocaine has remained significant. (Read More)



World Drug Day 2011: Global health starts with drug-free communities

World Drug Day26 June 2011 - Every year, an estimated 210 million people use illicit drugs; of that number, almost 200,000 die as a consequence. Yet, despite the challenges posed by drugs, the impact can be mitigated. This year's International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking (26 June) highlights the role that communities can play in addressing the drug challenge. "Prevention starts with a community that cares about the vulnerable and it involves families, teachers, youth leaders and mentors, among others. We must start to think globally and act locally to curb drug use and drug trafficking", said UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov. (Read More)

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