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UNODC ROPAN presents the World Drug Report 2018

Within the framework of the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, the UNODC Regional Office for Central America and the Caribbean, UNODC ROPAN, presented the 2018 World Drug Report in Panama City.

It was the responsibility of Mr. Jose Vila del Castillo, Regional Representative of UNODC, to present the report to members of government agencies, the diplomatic corps accredited in Panama, civil society and the academy.

The event was attended by H.E. Alexis Bethancourt, Minister of Public Security, who illustrated the audience on the progress made by the Republic of Panama to counteract drug trafficking and related crimes.

The World Drug Report 2018 offers a global view of the supply and demand of opiates, cocaine, marijuana, amphetamine-type stimulants, and new psychoactive substances (NSP), as well as their impact on health. It points out the different patterns of drug use and vulnerabilities in specific age and gender groups, and addresses the dynamics of the global drug market.

Among some relevant data, the report indicates that some 275 million people around the world used drugs at least once during 2016, of which about 31 million suffer from drug use disorders. In addition, it warns about the opioid crisis, and the remarkable increase in the production of cocaine. On the other hand, it provides important information about the vulnerability of various age groups, and alternatives for prevention and treatment.

The full content of the Report is available at