The Australian medical journal, The Lancet recently reported from their research that there are some 200 million people across the globe that is abusing illicit drugs. The nations with the highest incomes per capita showed the highest rates of abuse and health complications from that abuse. The best estimates find that approximately 1 in every 20 people age from 15 to 64 years abuses illicit drugs.

This research was conducted by Professor Louisa Degenhardt, National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, University of New South Wales, Sydney, and the Burnet Institute, Melbourne, Australia; and Professor Wayne Hall, University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research, Brisbane, Australia. It is also noted that finding accurate information regarding illicit drug use can be complicated since they are illegal.

Illicit Drug Users can be from anywhere

The research that has been collected reflects that there are between 125-203 million cannabis users, 14-56 million amphetamine users, 14-21 million cocaine users, and 12-21 million opioid users globally. Marijuana use is the highest in Australia and New Zealand; opioid use rates are highest in the Middle East, primarily Afghanistan, amphetamine usage is the highest in New Zealand, cocaine use is the highest in the US, and the highest usage of speed and crystal meth is from New Zealand also.

In terms of where these illicit drugs are coming from here is the information that was collected. Between 2000 and 2010 the US came in second behind Mexico for drug seizures. Iran accounts for 82% of the global total of opium seizures. Spain was number one for cannabis seizures.

If only the world could fight the war on drugs

The World Health Organization also gathered some interesting information. In 2004 there were around 250,000 deaths attributed to illicit drug usage globally. There were around 2.25 million deaths contributed to alcohol. This does not even include deaths from the violence that occurs because of illicit drug dependence. Everyone needs to do their part in fighting this battle. If you fall into this category get the help you need, don’t become another statistic.

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