Newsbrief: WHO Says Licit Drugs Greater Health Threat Than Illicit Ones 3/19/04

Drug War Chronicle, recent top items

more...

recent blog posts "In the Trenches" activist feed

SUBSCRIBE TODAY!!!

In a report released Thursday in Brasilia, the United Nations' World Health Organization (WHO) found that the negative health effects of legal drugs, such as alcohol and tobacco, far exceeded those from illegal drugs. The report, the first of its kind by the WHO, explored advances in neuroscience in the treatment of drug dependence.

"The main global health burden is due to licit rather than illicit substances," said the report. While the WHO put the number of illegal drug users worldwide at about 200 million, or 3.4% of the global population, it found that illegal drug use accounted for only 0.8% of global ill health in 2000. Alcohol, on the other hand, accounted for 4.1% and tobacco for 4.0%.

"Health and social problems associated with use and dependence on tobacco, alcohol and illicit substances require greater attention by the public health community," WHO Director-General Dr. Lee Jong-Wook said in a statement accompanying the report's release.

The report singled out men living in wealthy countries as particularly vulnerable to tobacco- and alcohol-related health problems.

The report, "The Neuroscience of Psychoactive Substance Use and Dependence," is only available by purchase. Visit http://www.who.int/mediacentre/releases/2004/pr18/en/ to read the press release and executive summary online.

-- END --
Link to Drug War Facts
Please make a generous donation to support Drug War Chronicle in 2007!          

PERMISSION to reprint or redistribute any or all of the contents of Drug War Chronicle (formerly The Week Online with DRCNet is hereby granted. We ask that any use of these materials include proper credit and, where appropriate, a link to one or more of our web sites. If your publication customarily pays for publication, DRCNet requests checks payable to the organization. If your publication does not pay for materials, you are free to use the materials gratis. In all cases, we request notification for our records, including physical copies where material has appeared in print. Contact: StoptheDrugWar.org: the Drug Reform Coordination Network, P.O. Box 18402, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 293-8340 (voice), (202) 293-8344 (fax), e-mail [email protected]. Thank you.

Articles of a purely educational nature in Drug War Chronicle appear courtesy of the DRCNet Foundation, unless otherwise noted.

Issue #329, 3/19/04 "Drugged Driving" Campaigners Open New Front with Federal Legislation | Correction/Update: Russia's New Drug Law Held Up, Due to Go Into Effect May 12 | Medical Marijuana in the State Legislatures, 2004 | New York's Dirty War | Screenings! "BUSTED: The Citizen's Guide to Surviving Police Encounters.shtml" to Air Around the Country March 29th to April 12th -- Host One in Your Home or Community or School! | DRCNet StoptheDrugWar.org Merchandise Special Extended | Newsbrief: WHO Says Licit Drugs Greater Health Threat Than Illicit Ones | Newsbrief: Berlin on Verge of Decriminalizing Cannabis Possession | Newsbrief: Trouble in Christiania | Newsbrief: Judge vs. Prosecutor in St. Louis Sentencing Scuffle | Newsbrief: Joycelyn Elders Joins Detroit Medical Marijuana Initiative Effort | Newsbrief: Utah Woman Charged With Murder in Newborn's Death, Drug Use Cited as Factor in Charge | Newsbrief: New Government Good News for Spanish Marijuana Culture | This Week in History | Drug War Facts 2004 Now Available Online | Job Opportunity: Prevention Point Philadelphia Hiring Syringe Exchange Site Worker | The Reformer's Calendar
Mail this article to a friend
Send us feedback on this article
This issue -- main page
This issue -- single-file printer version
Drug War Chronicle -- main page
Chronicle archives
Subscribe now!
Out from the Shadows HEA Drug Provision Drug War Chronicle Perry Fund DRCNet en EspaŮol Speakeasy Blogs About Us Home
Why Legalization? NJ Racial Profiling Archive Subscribe Donate DRCNet em PortuguÍs Latest News Drug Library Search
special friends links: SSDP - Flex Your Rights - IAL - Drug War Facts

StoptheDrugWar.org: the Drug Reform Coordination Network (DRCNet)
1623 Connecticut Ave., NW, 3rd Floor, Washington DC 20009 Phone (202) 293-8340 Fax (202) 293-8344 [email protected]