On the occasion of the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking (26th of June), the Office for Combating Drugs held a conference under the name of “Comprehensive Approach to Drug Problem”. On that occasion, for the first time at one place most of the representatives of state institutions dealing with the drug problems were gathered, but also civil society organizations contributing with their activities and research to resolving this problem. According to the representative of the Ministry of the Interior, marijuana is the mostly used in Serbia, while heroine has been stagnating or even decreasing lately, but also due to expansion of synthetic drugs and cocaine, who took the primacy in the market. According to Dr Svetislav Mitrović from the Institute for Mental Health, abuse of psychoactive substances in adolescence is increasing. The age boundary is moved and there are cases of the patients who entered the world of drugs at the age of 12. The young ones are not sufficiently informed on harmful consequences; they have wrong views that some substances are not dangerous, they get wrong information on substance effects though powerful communication systems and electronic media. When we speak about substances, it is wrong to classify drugs as “light” and “heavy”. There is no such a thing as “light” drugs. 

UNODC: 35 million people worldwide suffer from drug addiction

According to the data from the World Drug Report 2019, 34 million of people worldwide suffer from drug addiction, while only 1 out of 7 has access to treatment. It was estimated that in 2017, 271 million people, i.e. 5,5% of the world population in the age of 15-64, used drugs during the previous year. 

Illicit global cocaine production reached the highest rate ever -1.976 tons in 2017, which is by 25% more than year before. At the same time, global amount of seized cocaine in 2017 went up to 13%, to 1.257 tons, which is the biggest amount ever recorded. The most dispersed drug globally even today is cannabis, with about 188 million people who used this drug in 2016.