Statement on International Day against drug abuse and illict trafficking

Ghada Fathi Waly, the UNODC Executive Director.

STATEMENT ON INTERNATIONAL DAY AGAINST DRUG ABUSE AND ILLICT TRAFFICKING

26 June 2020

Know more, care more. Addressing the world drug problem requires responses that are based on facts, solidarity and compassion. Some 35.6 million people suffer from drug use disorders globally, according to the World Drug Report 2020 by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Around 269 million people used drugs in 2018, up 30 per cent from 2009. While the increase reflects population growth and other factors, illicit drugs – including opiates and pharmaceutical opioids, cocaine and methamphetamine – are still more available, more diverse and more potent than before, challenging law enforcement, posing greater health risks and complicating efforts to prevent and treat drug use disorders.

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