United Nations World Drug Report 2020
Jul 3, 2020
The United Nations recently released the annual “World Drug Report 2020.” The report looks at a range of domains including trends in drug use and harm, global drug production and trafficking trends, socioeconomic factors and international drug policy issues. Given the global nature of the illicit drug trade, the “World Drug Report 2020” provides some perspective on the scale of the issue.
About 269 million people used drugs excluding alcohol in 2018, which is an increase of 30% since 2009. Seizures of amphetamines have quadrupled during this time, and heroin and cocaine production remains the highest ever recorded. It’s estimated that 35.6 million people experience substance use disorders around the world, with only around one in eight who need treatment, able to access it. One out of three people with a substance use disorder is female, yet women only take up one in five places in treatment. Discrimination and stigma remains a signficant barrier - with people in prison settings, minority cultural or ethnic groups, immigrants and displaced people facing even more barriers.