“We would like to see more drug users looked after by the health system instead of being tried by the courts,” said the director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), Margaret Chan, after warning in Vienna that drug use causes half a million deaths a year in the world.
“The WHO estimates that drug use is responsible for about half a million deaths each year. But this figure represents only a small part of the damage caused by the global problem of drugs, “Chan said during his speech to the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs, which is met in Vienna.
This figure contrasts with that provided by United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), which last year estimated more than 200,000 deaths from drug use.
“In some respects, the situation is getting worse and not improving. Many countries are experiencing a health emergency crisis due to deaths from overdose”, added the WHO director.
Chan did not provided any further details about this data, but a recent report by the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) indicated that in the United States, overdose deaths were almost doubled between 2013 and 2014, when in this last year were recorded 47,000 deaths more for that cause.
WHO Director-General called on the 53 countries of the Commission to address drug use as a public health problem and not with criminal measures.
“The main goal of drug control is to save lives,” and reduce “social harm” associated with drug use, Chan said.
“Almost everyone in this room will know or know of parents who have a child with drug problems. Those parents want their child to receive treatment, they do not want him in jail”, she said.
Vienna, March 13, 2017, EFE/Practica Español
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Comprensión del texto B.1 (Comprehension B.1)
De las consecuencias del consumo de drogas.
De unas declaraciones sobre el consumo de drogas.
De un plan para reducir el consumo de drogas en el mundo.
Millones de personas mueren al año a causa de las drogas.
Cientos de miles de personas mueren al año a causa de las drogas.
Cada vez hay menos personas que mueren por el consumo de drogas.
Que se persiga con dureza a las personas que trafican con drogas.
Que los países endurezcan las penas por el consumo de drogas.
Que se dé más atención sanitaria a las personas con problemas de drogadicción.
Ningún país tiene una crisis sanitaria a causa de la drogadicción.
Se está incrementando el número de personas que mueren por el consumo de drogas.
Se está reduciendo el número de fallecidos por sobredosis.