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Thursday, June 26, 2014

2014 World Drug Report

The U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has released the 2014 World Drug Report. It comes as no surprise that the findings showed an increase of marijuana use in the United States, while in the rest of the world marijuana use decreases. American attitudes towards marijuana continue to relax, but the report notes that it is too early to tell the impact that legalization in the States of Washington and Colorado has had on increased usage.

“For youth and young adults, more permissive cannabis regulations correlate with decreases in the perceived risk of use, and lowered risk perception has been found to predict increases in use,” the UNODC wrote.

In 2012, with more tolerant views on marijuana, 12.1 percent of teenagers report using the drug in the previous year than the year before and more Americans are seeking treatment for marijuana-related disorders, according to Reuters. About 5 percent of the world’s population ages 15 to 64 used an illicit drug of any kind in 2012.

The report found that opium production in Afghanistan is on the rise and worldwide output of heroin increased last year. However, there has been a drop in cocaine availability around the world.

One of the biggest problems regarding drug use is the lack of treatment opportunities globally. “There remain serious gaps in service provision. In recent years only one in six drug users globally has had access to or received drug dependence treatment services each year,” Yury Fedotov, Executive Director of UNODC, said in a news release.

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