[HARMRED] 200 Million People Worldwide Use Illegal Drugs, Study Says
bakerpaquette at gmail.com
Sun Jan 8 09:49:57 CST 2012
I'm sure I'm not the only one who noticed that weed has the biggest
numbers. What a surprise. When should we panic?
On 1/6/2012 11:48 AM, Mark Kinzly wrote:
> 200 Million People Worldwide Use Illegal Drugs, Study Says
> World with blue pills 1-6-12 (2)
> An estimated 200 million people worldwide use illegal drugs, according
> to a new study. The health consequences of this use are wide-ranging,
> researchers report this week in The Lancet
> They include overdose, dependence, violence or injury due to
> intoxication, as well as heart disease, mental disorders and cirrhosis.
> The Los Angeles Times
> reports that 125 to 203 million people use marijuana, 14 million to 56
> million use amphetamines, 12 million to 21 million use opioids, and 14
> million to 21 million use cocaine. In addition, 11 million to 21
> million inject drugs. An estimated 15 million to 39 million are
> considered problem drug users, the article notes.
> Illegal drug use is highest in developed countries, the researchers
> found. They point out that many people who use illegal drugs take more
> than one drug.
> The major adverse health effects of marijuana are dependence, and
> probably psychotic disorders and other mental disorders, the
> researchers conclude. They say that marijuana is unlikely to be deadly.
> Drugs caused 2.1 million years of life lost in 2004, followed by
> alcohol, which caused a loss of 1.5 million years, according to the
> World Health Organization. Drug-related deaths tend to strike younger
> people, accounting for the higher number of years of life lost
> compared with other causes of death. Overall, illegal drugs led to
> 250,000 deaths in that year, compared with 5.1 million deaths due to
> tobacco, and 2.25 million due to alcohol.
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