New York Times (06/26/97) P. A12
A new report from the United Nations International Drug
Control Program shows that almost 2.5 percent of the world's
population--about 140 million individuals--smoke marijuana and
hashish. Some 13 million use cocaine, while 8 million use
heroin and 30 million take amphetamine-type stimulants. The
World Drug Report, which reveals that illegal drugs produce up
to $400 million each year in revenue, notes that nations
working to fight the drug problem alone will find it difficult
to thwart the expert international criminal organizations.
Giorgio Giacomelli, head of the U.N. International Drug
Program, said, "The problem has assumed such a global nature
that it cannot be dealt with by individual countries." The
report also noted that the laundering of drug-related profits
can endanger legal businesses.