19th August 2017
13 million women are addicted to drugs worldwide
The report of the International Narcotics Control Board for the year 2016, published in March 2017, revealed that the number of female drug addicts in the world in 2010 reached 6.3 million women addicted to amphetamines, 4.7 million addicts to opiates and 2.1 million addicted to cocaine.
The report said that the prevalence of drug use among women worldwide was 31% in South Asia and Oceania and 22% for cocaine abuse in the two Americas.
It also indicated that there has been an 800% increase in the rates of women detained in America due to drug offenses compared to 300% for the male inmates. The percentage of women convicted of drug offenses has reached over 25% in Tajikistan and 50% in South America.
In addition, the report of the International Narcotics Control Board in 2015 cited a study on the status of women prisoners, revealing that 65% of female prisoners were convicted of drug offenses in Panama, of whom 22% were foreigners.
The report also mentioned the percentage of women who had lost their lives due to overdoses of narcotic drugs or prescribed medicines under medical regulations; a phenomenon widespread in Germany and Serbia that reached 30% in the United States, 42% Australia, and 50% in Spain and Portugal.
Moreover, the report of the International Board for the year 2017, pointed out that in 2012 drug overdoses caused the deaths of more than 15 thousand women in the United States.
It added that during the period from 1999 to 2010 the number of deaths due to drug abuse in the United States increased by more than 3.6 times compared to the rate of men.
According to the report, mortality rates due to overdoses for abuse of all narcotic substances have increased in Britain and Northern Ireland from 2007 to 2008 for women compared to men, i.e. 17% for women and 8% for men.