In the news - Drug use expected to rise significantly by 2050

One in twenty adults has taken illicit substances, with the number expected to rise to one in four over the next four decades, according to a new report.

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime’s 2012 World Drug Report reveals that cannabis is the most widely-used illegal drug world-wide, with the authors of the report predicting that this is likely to remain the case for many years to come.

In the news: Teaching Resources - 27 June

Drug use expected to rise significantly by 2050


One in twenty adults has taken illicit substances, with the number expected to rise to one in four over the next four decades, according to a new report.

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime’s 2012 World Drug Report reveals that cannabis is the most widely-used illegal drug world-wide, with the authors of the report predicting that this is likely to remain the case for many years to come.

The report also shows that the total cost for treatment of drug abuse, if given to all who needed it, would run to around $200billion-250billion (£128billion-160billion) – or between 0.3 and 0.4 per cent of global GDP. However, the report notes, the actual amounts spent are much lower, and it is estimated that only one in five people receive the help they need with their addiction. The results of the report are to be debated today at the UN General Assembly in New York as part of the UN International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. Delegates at the event will discuss how to improve international efforts to address the adverse effects of drugs and crime on development.




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  • Introduce your students to different drugs and the effects they have on the body with this presentation.


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