Ghada Fathi Waly, Director of the United Nations International Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).June 26 International day against drug use and trafficking So in his message, Covid-19 epidemic and Ukraine, Afghanistan and AfricaHe pointed out that people who use drugs and need treatment for reasons such as the instability in Turkey have serious problems accessing the necessary support.
Fathi WalyStating that it was a difficult time in many ways, he also said that the drug trade had increased during this difficult period.
Waly pointed out that there is an increase in the number of synthetic drugs in the world, and they determined this from the substances seized by the security forces, in particular North AmericaIn Turkey, synthetic opioid-type drugs are claiming more victims every day, and another type of opioid called tramadol. Africa and Middle EastHe stressed that he continued to put people at risk.
Waly also stressed the importance of helping those hardest to reach for treatment, emphasizing the need to reach individuals, especially those staying in refugee camps or living in humanitarian aid organizations, or who fear discrimination or stigma.
WOMEN FACE SERIOUS BARRIERS TO ACCESSING TREATMENT
Fathi Waly said that women are the most affected in crisis and conflict environments, and that women who suffer from various conditions due to drug use face serious obstacles in accessing treatment opportunities, “In some parts of the world, the proportion of women among patients receiving treatment is less than 10%” used the expression.
Waly stressed that UNODC is committed to helping people around the world who need treatment for drug use, regardless of the circumstances, “More than 280 million people worldwide used drugs in 2020” said.