Drug use increased 30% in India in last decade, says report

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More people are under the grip of drug menace in India, it seems. As per a latest UN report, India has witnessed 30 per cent increase since 2009 with regards to the consumption of drugs. The report’s findings, which are based on in-depth survey conducted in India and Nigeria said that around 35 million people were suffering from drug disorders across the globe.


The UN has raised the alarm on the need for further international cooperation to deal with the health and criminal impact of substance misuse, the Efe news reported.

“The findings of this year’s World Drug Report fill in and further complicate the global picture of drug challenges, underscoring the need for broader international cooperation to advance balanced and integrated health and criminal justice responses to supply and de”and,” Yury Fedotov, Executive Director of the UN’s Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) was quoted as saying by IANS.

“With improved research and more precise data from India and Nigeria, both amongst the 10 most populous countries in the world – we see that there are any more opioid users and people with drug use disorders than previously estimated,” Fedotov added.


The surveys in India in 2018 and Nigeria in 2017 have offered great insights into narcotics consumption due to being such vast demographics for their region.

The Indian survey was based on interviews with 5,00,000 people across the nation.

The studies have contributed to more accurate figures of drug use globally.

The report estimated that of the 271 million people that used any drug, 35 million (nearly 13 per cent) suffer from a drug use disorder.

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