Friday, June 24, 2011


SYNTHETIC DRUGS ON INCREASE - A UN annual drug report concluded on Thursday that while global markets for cocaine, heroin and cannabis declined or remained stable, the production and use of new synthetic drugs have increased.  “The gains we have witnessed in the traditional drugs markets are being offset by a fashion for synthetic ‘designer drugs’ mimicking illegal substances. The global drug threat has not diminished,” Yury Fedotov, Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), told a press conference launching the report “World Drug Report 2011.”  The report said some 210 million people, or 4.8 per cent of the global population aged between 15 and 64, took illicit substances at least once in the previous year.  The rate of overall drug use, including problem drug use, he said, remained stable.

Speaking at the report’s official launch, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the report “paints a sobering picture of the threat posed by illegal drugs,” adding that “traffickers break more than the law. They break the human spirit. They fuel terrorism and insurgency. They rob societies of peace.”  The US cocaine market has witnessed a massive decline in recent years, but continues to be the world’s largest cocaine market, that the cannabis remains by far the most widely produced and consumed illicit substance globally, that over the past decade, cocaine consumption in Europe has doubled, and that market prices for cocaine have dropped appreciably since the mid-1990s.

Although the markets for cocaine, heroin and cannabis have declined or remained stable, increase in world production and abuse of amphetamine-type stimulants, opioids, synthetic drugs and the prescription. This trend is given by the resurgence of poppy cultivation and heroin trafficking. Coca cultivation and cocaine production decreased by eradication in Colombia and also because the main consumer country - United States - has reduced its demand and now prefers synthetic drugs.  People are discontent and look for new drugs to stimulate their existences.  
Human form of life is meant for real satisfaction, which comes through self-realization that comes from the purification of the heart. But people, today, consider that this is impractical, unrealistic. This is the most unfortunate condition, the cause of all problems. It is practical, to destroy the water, to destroy the air, to destroy the ground with pollution, nuclear waste - it’s very realistic, is it not? It is very realistic and practical to be so frustrated in material endeavors, to fill your bodies with drugs and alcohol, to fill your ears with music, which simply makes you like a mad man. ... The culmination of all this craziness is divorces, drug addiction, nations pointing nuclear weapons at one another ready to destroy the earth. What is the cause of all these problems? One thing. People are discontent. The more they have the more discontent they become.

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