Study shows 200 million use illegal drugs

2012-01-06 16:03

Paris - About 200 million people around the world use illicit drugs, according to a study published on Friday in The Lancet.

It estimates that in 2009 between 149 and 271 million people used an illegal drug.

Cannabis users comprised between 125 and 203 million; users of opioids (heroin and morphine), amphetamines or cocaine totalled 15 to 39 million; and those who injected drugs numbered between 11 and 21 million.

Drug use is more prevalent in rich economies and in drug-producing regions of poor countries and is often a major health burden, the paper adds.

"Cannabis use is associated with dependence and mental disorders, including psychoses, but does not seem to substantially increase mortality," it says.

"Illicit opioid use is a major cause of mortality from fatal overdose and dependence," it says, adding that injecting drug users faced specific threats of catching HIV and hepatitis by sharing needles.

All three types of drugs seem to be associated with higher rates of mental disorders, road accidents and violence, although information about this is often sketchy.

The estimate is based on data from the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), from national surveys and peer-reviewed studies into the impact of drug use.

Ecstasy, LSD, non-medical use of prescription drugs and anabolic steroids are not included in the estimate.

  • Squeegee - 2012-01-06 17:13

    Most of them are gathered in Bloemfontein this week...

      RE - 2012-01-06 19:51

      Cannabis is not a drug, its a herb.get ur facts straight

      paulgrant.vanrooyen - 2012-01-07 00:13

      At RE: A herb? Are you on drugs? What do you think will happen if everyone smokes this "herb", production will increase, economy will grow etc, etc..... BS!!

      RE - 2012-01-07 15:07

      get urself a draught,get sh*tfaced,n drive in a lamppost

      Zion - 2012-01-09 07:17

      cannabis is referred to as a drug on international level.

      eric.vanvuuren - 2012-01-25 11:10

      I think their numbers are a much too low. In Africa alone the number for Cannabis users should must be many times higher. Then there’s India, Asia, America (North/South) etc. It’s like they are trying to justify things again.

  • Zion - 2012-01-06 17:40

    Here is a little 0organization working on the blogs and fora of NEWS 24. their aim is to prove cannabis is harmless and argue day and night. The heading of this little forum is authored by Daveman and Victors and other characters. All very well as debates and arguments come and go. Now here comes the dastardly NEWS 24 and blows the lid skyhigh off the little corporation. According to the article. Cannabis use is associated with dependance and medical disorders INCLUDING PSYCHOSES BUT DOES NOT SUBSTANTIALLY INCREASE MORTALITY. Well, I'll be f*cked if the very media we uses and abuse comes up with this little gem kicks the living balls out of our little organization. Yes all this info is in this particular forum and just above. As for the arrogance of the org. well. HA.HA.HA.HA.HA.HA.HA.HA.HA.HA.HA. The joke is on you my friends. Why must I believeyour shyt when NEWS 24 can tell me what I already know. GIVE THE ED.AND STAFF A CASE OF BELLS. HA.HA.X50

      Aphrodite - 2012-01-08 10:18

      Since you think the media are "Authorities" here's the link you begged for: ......

      Zion - 2012-01-08 12:46

      Aphrodite: Now where in hell would I beg for an internet link. You must be lying or smoking something that is illegal. My memory is actually better than most despite small mindedness like yours.

      Aphrodite - 2012-01-08 17:24

      Read your own post below, Zion. And, I'm afraid... the jokes on you buddy!!

      Victor - 2012-01-25 15:09

      Zion Are you 10? No use debating with you and your knee jerk reactions.

  • sweetbru - 2012-01-06 18:33

    cannabis only 200 million? HA.

  • sachasea - 2012-01-06 19:58

    That could be because illegal drugs are way more fun and often times, though not always, the safer alternative.

      sachasea - 2012-01-06 20:02

      Like cannabis, ecstasy, magic mushrooms and LSD. These substances are much less harmful than tobacco, alcohol, cocaine and heroin. Make your own mind up based on FACTS not FICTION.

  • Bianca-Anne - 2012-01-06 20:30

    I know a view of them - they here on the blogs of News24 people such as Daveman, Buzz and Gerrit and all those self confessed Cannabis users. Maybe their activities should be reported to the authorities since it is our civil duty to uphold LAW and ORDER and not the TV Series (for the Cannabis smokers) the Real Law and Order in our Legal System. On a serious note it is mindless that a person will willingly do this to themselves, willingly get involved with ecstasy, LSD, non-medical use (DAVEMAN, BUZZ and others) of prescription drugs and anabolic steroids, tik and all those nasty things. It is common knowledge you will end up with serious mental and physical problems not to even think of the emotional and spiritual is totally mindlessness.

  • peter.soule - 2012-01-06 21:09

    they didn't ask me.

  • Mr Ordinary - 2012-01-07 01:27

    Between 125 and 203 million people are living life to its fullest! :D

  • Nic - 2012-01-07 07:37

    More social and economic damage is done by alcohol use and abuse than by any other drug. Alcohol is used by more people because it is legal, available and easily purchased. Unfortunatly it is also expensive, which affects low income homes. It is sensationalised in the advertising media who associate it with achievement and social acceptabillity. Alchol is also resonsible for abuse, low or no work performance and unacceptably high incedences of road collisions. If you wish to ban one mind altering substance, ban them all. I would rather see a society using cannibis than alcohol.

      Zion - 2012-01-07 07:55

      Nic: You are forgetting the affect cannabis use and abuse has on the economy too. In many cases the users are of a poor background earning very little income. Much of their income goes to the purchase of cannabis while little to the maintenance of a healthy family life. Rehabilitation, in some cases, urgent, is usually at the taxpayers expense. What is said and implied here is the social life of many and even entire communities are undermined. We saw this happening some years ago in some of the Western Cape communities. Cannabis, as this article states causes and promotes psychoses and other mental and medical disorders. We have to look at reality and not our own selfish desires when a community is jeopardised.

  • D.C1023 - 2012-01-07 08:51

    So guy we have learnt not to share needles! Cannabis... those numbers are so very wrong...

  • Zion - 2012-01-07 14:03

    Always the hypocrisy. Always the tendency to down the media and other authorities. Are the people of this country so paranoid and schizophrenic that everything has become a conspiracy before their eyes and the world is out to get them. Now as for the numbers given in this article can one, anyone stand up and give me the correct figures and then they can be correlated and compared to what we are getting now. Surmises and assumptions have flown out of the window a long time ago. Now facts only and not a bunch of bulldust internet sites.

      Aphrodite - 2012-01-08 17:28

      "Always the tendency to down the media and other authorities". 'Now facts only and not a bunch of bulldust internet sites." ... Ring any bells, ZION??

      Zion - 2012-01-09 07:04

      Yes dear aphrodite: The expression "media and other authorities" is nogal interesting according to your interpretation. Other authorities now exclude media.

      Zion - 2012-01-09 07:07

      Aphrodite: Ringing of bells: You must be suffering from tinnitus lately. Give that statue a Bells.

      Zion - 2012-01-09 07:12

      Aphrodite, I prefer something more concrete than a bunch of Internet sites which have been tampered with to suit certain personal ends. I have found that a reputable encyclopaedia remains the best bet.

      Aphrodite - 2012-01-09 12:00

      Zion,"Aphrodite, I prefer something more concrete than a bunch of Internet sites which have been tampered with to suit certain personal ends. I have found that a reputable encyclopaedia remains the best bet." Oh! and my personal favourite..."Other authorities now exclude media." HOW VERY CONVENIENT!! I was just showing you how flawed your argument was in the first place. Confused much of the time??

      Kosie - 2012-01-25 14:01

      mate for them to get correct figures they will have to arrest every drug userin the world and that hasn't happened yet, so they are speculating on the numbers... no one will ever know how many drug users there are in the world.

  • QuestioningFaith - 2012-01-08 11:08 -- and Lancet makes the paper available for free upon registration, so if you're really interested in their research protocol you are welcome to go read it :-)

  • heinrich.crouse - 2012-01-08 11:22

    about that many die from alcohol related incidents every year.

  • heinrich.crouse - 2012-01-08 11:33

    "The latest statistics of the World Health Organization (WHO) show that 250.000 deaths can be attributed to the use of drugs in 2004, compared with 2.25 million deaths due to alcohol and 5.1 million deaths due to tobacco." There's some numbers that make sense.

  • ludlowdj - 2012-01-09 12:29

    Cannabis has never been proven to be associated with mental disorders, the report simply highlighted the fact that the use of cannabis among those with mental health problems was extremely high in relation to other groups who used the substance, in fact the report went to great lengths to point out that it was not in a position to make any statements in relation to cannabis and mental health as most of those using cannabis were self medicating to help relieve the symptoms of the mental disorder, making it impossible to determine if the onset of psychosis was as a result of cannabis use or whether the use of cannabis was as a result of the onset of psychosis. As far as I can remember News 24 ran the original article in regards to the study and its results, One would expect you to remember what you have already printed in other articles of the same nature.

      Victor - 2012-01-25 15:11

      A voice of reason. Great response. Now, let's wait for Zion to come, frothing at the mouth and attack you

  • stefan.ulland - 2012-01-25 11:37

    the numbers seem to speak towards legalising drug use as people are going to find ways and means to do drugs. Sell it over the counter: you now have a level of control and you can earn taxes off the sale which can subsidise the treatment of addictions. if alcohol and gambling can be legal there is no reason why you can't legalise a joint or a line of cocaine

  • Joey - 2012-01-25 14:48

    Show me someone that smoked a joint and went on a violent rampage ?? I mean really !! I think the author of this article has a mental disorder and needs their head checked...

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