U.N. Report Says "Legal Highs" on the Rise

A new report released by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) states that the production and abuse of new psychoactive substances is increasing rapidly while violence stemming from the cocaine trade in Central American remains high.  

"The multitude of new psychoactive substances and thespeed with which they have emerged in all regions of the world is one of the most notable trends in drug markets over the past five years,"   according to the report.    Despite concerns over new drugs, the overall drug picture has remained stable with the increased number of drug users keeping step with the increased world population.   Opioids, such as heroin and morphine, remain the most common cause of drug deaths but there still  a major gap in drug treatment with only one in six users worldwide receiving treatment.

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