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A Drug-Free World: The truth about drugs on the UNODC International Day against Drug & Crime

A Drug-Free World: The truth about drugs on the UNODC International Day against Drug & CrimeT

he first chapter, titled The Truth About Drugs, offers an objective and succinct description of exactly what drugs are, how they work and what they do. This provides the street names as well as the side effects of the most common drugs over long and short term.

Drugs have been an important part of our society since the mid-century. Popularized by music and mass media during the 1960s, they penetrate every part of society.

An estimated 208 million people consume illegal drugs internationally. Results from the 2007 National Survey on Drug Use and Health in the United States showed that in the month prior to the survey, 19.9 million Americans (or 8% of the population aged 12 or older) used illegal drugs.

You probably know someone directly or indirectly who has been affected by the drugs.

Alcohol is the most commonly used – and abused – drug in the US. Alcohol-related motor accidents are the US’s second-largest cause of teen death.

Marijuana is the most commonly used illegal drug. According to the 2008 World Drug Report of the United Nations, some 3.9% of the world ‘s population between the ages of 15 and 64 are consuming marijuana.

Young people are exposed to drugs today, earlier than ever. Based on a 2007 survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control, 45% of high school students drank alcohol nationwide and 19.7% smoked pot over a one-month period.

Recent studies among 15- and 16-year-olds in Europe suggest that marijuana use ranges from less than 10% to more than 40%, with the highest rates reported by teens in the Czech Republic (44%), followed by Ireland (39%), the UK (38%) and France (38%). Across Spain and the United Kingdom, cocaine use is 4 to 6% among 15- to 16-year-olds. Cocaine use among young people has risen in Denmark, Italy, Spain, UK, Norway and France.

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