The United Nations International Day Against Drug Abuse - A Global Problem & Solutions
HOST: The United Nations estimates that worldwide， some ５０ million
people are users of heroin， cocaine， and synthetic addictive drugs
alone. Of these， hundreds of thousands consequently die each year. Dr.
Robert DuPont， a leader in addictive drug abuse and treatment， was the
first Director of the US National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the
second White House Drug Chief.
Robert DuPont (m):The drug problem in the world today is not
like anything we’ve ever had before. This is a new epidemic. It started
in about the １９６０s and it is continuing to spread throughout the world.
Many of the drugs that are on the list of illegal drugs， are drugs that
have been around a long time.
But what’s new is even these old
drugs are now used in entirely new ways. They are smoked and they are
injected intravenously. That makes them much more powerful than they
ever were before. Plus， there’s a whole new generation of chemicals，
drugs like Methamphetamine for example or MDMA or LSD (Ecstasy).
DuPont (m): These， All these drugs are all addictive substances
that have devastating effects on the people who take them. The way it
works is very simple， and that is， the new users are unaware of the
consequences of where they lead. They are seduced into the chemical
experience of using the drug in the view that they can handle it， they
can control it. And of course， once they get in there， it becomes a trap
that they can’t get out of.