Across the globe, two thirds of deaths from drugs in the year 2017 have now been found to be caused by opioids.
This finding is according to the latest UN drug report released on Wednesday by United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
The World Drug Report 2019 also shows that total number of worldwide users of opioids, now at 585,000, dwarfed what it was in previous estimates.
The report also noted that the negative effects of drug use has become more widespread, with some 35 million people suffering different disorders as a result of drug use and requiring treatment.
However, only 1 out of 7 of those requiring treatment do have access to adequate treatment.
Effective treatment for drug-related disorders should be evidence-based and should be in line with internationally promoted human rights.
This shows that there’s much to be done at country levels to be able to nip the opioid crisis in the bud.
The report thus calls on world leaders to redouble their efforts to arrest this crisis.
“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 demand”, said Yury Fedotov, UNODC Executive Director, in a statement.