400,000 Britons Have Serious Drug Problem - UN Reports
Jun 25, 2009 12:36
Britain has the highest number of dangerous drug abusers in Europe, a United Nations report says. The same old news, huh? Don't be too quick to judge.
Although it is widely known that the UK is the susbtance-abuse capital, never before the number of the alleged drug users ever revealed. The recently published UN report, however, claims that Britain has more than 400,000 'problem drug users' who are permanently intoxicated or regularly bingeing on illegal substances.
The drug abuse analysis also revealed Britain has the highest number of heroin and amphetamine consumers in Europe. And not only that; The UK remains the cocaine capital of Europe with an estimated one million users, according to the study from the UN Office on Drugs and Crime.
What's more surprising is that even with the current economy situation, the data given to the UN by the UK's Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca) shows wholesale prices have risen to record levels. The cost of a kilogram of cocaine has increased by 50 per cent from £30,000 to £45,000 since 2007.
The portrait of Britons as the greatest consumers of illegal drugs in Europe is in contrast to declining drug use worldwide.
UN officials are urging governments to encourage this trend by resisting calls to legalise or decriminalise drugs.
Drug addiction is a global concern that claims over 500,000 lives annually in the USA, let alone the whole world. While efforts to cure drug addiction are underway, this curse is too extensive to be cured through isolated efforts. Read more
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