Newsbrief: UN Reports Drug Use on the Rise Worldwide 6/28/02

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The United Nations Drug Control Programme has released its annual report, showing an increase in global drug consumption. According to the report, 185 million people now use illicit drugs. 147 million of these are cannabis (marijuana) users, but the increase of global consumption is primarily due to increased use of ecstasy and amphetamines.

Worldwide, cannabis use is most popular among individuals ages 18 to 20, and other drugs are most popular among those aged 18 to 25. Almost half of all 10th graders in the United States have used drugs, the report says, though the rate has fallen somewhat since last year. No other country in the world was reported to have a rate nearly that high, despite the massive US drug war effort.

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