Sunday March 13, 2005
The global drug trade is booming, fuelled by the demand from more than 200 million people worldwide who used illegal narcotics last year, new reports show.
According to an as-yet-unpublished UN report, despite multi-billion-pound anti-drug measures that have restricted some supplies, the market is as insatiable as ever.
'We have shown that drugs control policies can work in terms of supply - but demand is a very different matter,' a spokesperson from the UN's Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) told The Observer.
A number of states have recorded surprising consumption levels - Israelis are said to use 100 tonnes of marijuana, 20 tonnes of hashish, 20 million tablets of ecstasy, four tonnes of heroin, three tonnes of cocaine, and hundreds of thousands of LSD blotters annually.