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[Comment] Offline: Part of the human experience

Over the past decade, 800 new psychoactive substances have entered the illicit drug market. Between 2011 and 2015, drug-related deaths increased by 145%. One in five prisoners are in custody for drug-related offences. 3940 people have been executed for such offences during the past 10 years alone. In 2016, 275 million people aged 15–64 years used drugs, a 31% increase since 2011. Only 1% of those who inject drugs live in countries with needle-exchange programmes. In the USA, 72 600 people died from drug overdoses in 2017, a three-fold increase since 2002.

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