Pubdate: Fri, 27 Jun 2008
Source: Daily Nation (Kenya)
Copyright: 2008 Nation Newspapers
Author: Oliver Mathenge
Referenced: 2008 World Drug Report
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The world seems to be losing the battle against the production, 
trafficking and use of illicit drugs, a UN report has warned.

The 2008 World Drug Report, released on Thursday in Nairobi, 
indicates that an upsurge in supply and the development of new 
trafficking routes, mostly through Africa, could eventually 
strengthen drug demand in developed countries. This, it adds, will 
see the creation of new markets for some of the world's deadliest substances.

The report by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime shows that Kenya is 
one of the five countries globally that have registered an increase 
in the use of heroin.

More Kenyans are using cocaine, with the country also being used as a 
trafficking route, the report further indicates.

Main Problem

Bhang remains one of the most abused drugs in Africa, the report 
says, with 22 per cent of the drug being produced in the continent. 
The report shows that heroin and cocaine finding their way into the 
country originate from South Asia and Southern Africa respectively.

The UN report is urging authorities to take urgent steps to maintain 
progress in the war against narcotic drugs.

In his International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking 
message on Thursday, the UN secretary-general Ban ki Moon urged the 
world to ensure people who are struggling with drug addiction are 
given equal health and social services. 
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