June 28, 2012

Staggering numbers: Drug abuse kills 200,000 a year

200,000 — that’s the approximate number of people that die each year worldwide due to drug abuse, according to a report from the United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime.

Using figures from 2010, the agency discovered that roughly 5 percent of the world’s population—or 230 million people—used illegal drugs at least once in 2010. Of those that did use, there were also noted gender gaps depending on where users lived. For example, female consumption in the U.S. was about two-thirds of that of males.

Other tough numbers the U.N. agency reported included the estimated amount it would cost to globally treat drug abusers —$250 billion a year, in U.S. funds, if everyone needing help received proper care.

Click here to read the full Associated Press story.

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