UN sounds alarm on widespread designer drug use

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Posted: Jun 26, 2013 4:19 AM

VIENNA (AP) — The U.N. drug control agency is sounding the alarm on the spread of designer drugs, which are sold openly and legally and sometimes result in deadly highs.

At the same time it is lowering its estimate of the number of people injecting drugs and those living with the HIV virus worldwide through such injections.

A report Wednesday from the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime says 14 million people aged 16 to 65 inject drugs and of those 1.6 million have the virus through such injections. That is 12 percent and 46 percent less respectively than five years ago.

Focusing on designer drugs, UNODC warns that "the international drug control system is foundering, for the first time, under the speed and creativity" of their proliferation.