Newly Released UN Drug Report Says Estonia 5th in World Drug-Related Deaths

Global trends in drug use, 2006-12 (UNODC.org)
7/15/2014 10:55 AM
Category: Society

The newly released United Nations Drug Report said that Estonia is fifth in the world for its population in the number of drug related deaths.

The last examination period for the study was 2011, in which Estonia had 123 drug-related deaths. According to local statistics, Eesti Päevaleht reported, the number of deaths dropped last year, but were still resulted in more than 100 fatalities.

The report singled out Estonia's particular problem with opiods, which the report also indicated is a problem in Finland and the United States.

The National Institute of Health has reported that there are more than 10,000 injecting drug users in Estonia. Overdoses were the predominant cause of death; abuse of fentanyl, a opioid analgesic 50-100 times more powerful than morphine on a dose-by-dose base, or the consumption an analog of fentanyl, called China White, were the main culprits.

The report stated that in Estonia, amphetamine, cocaine and ecstasy abuse is dropping, but the use of cannibis is increasing.

The World Drug Report provides an annual overview of the major developments in drug markets for the various drug categories, ranging from production to trafficking, and the new report indicates that the use of illicit drugs is increasing globally. You can examine the report here.


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