Indian market a transit point for drugs

27 Jun 2016 | By Mansi Motwani
World Drug Report 2016

The World Drug Report, which was released on 23rd June, affirmed that India is a transit point for heroine due to it's low market value.

India is included in the list of transit countries after Thailand, Malaysia and Philippines with regards to cocaine.

China and Israel are the final point of transit for cocaine trafficking, which according to the report, has increased in Asia.

In context: World Drug Report 2016

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AboutThe World Drug Report

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) releases the World Drug Report.

It is an annual publication which analyses market trends and compiles detailed statistics on drug markets.

The first report was published in the year 1997.

With the help of data, UNODC presents drug usage as a concern requiring intervention from government agencies across the globe.

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The 2016 World Drug Report

23 Jun 2016The 2016 World Drug Report

The UNODC-released report states that drug prices are usually above-average in high-income countries, making them attractive to international traffickers.

Accounting for 70%, Afghanistan is the world's largest opium producer followed by Myanmar which produces 14% of the world's opium

According to the report, drugs impact a person's health and sexual behavior.

Cocaine-smuggling in Asia is on the rise, according to the report.

27 Jun 2016Indian market a transit point for drugs

HIV epidemic

According to the report, "India has documented HIV epidemics associated with injecting drug use that have spread to the general population chiefly through heterosexual contact."

Sociological ImpactsDrug use by men affects Indian women

4,000 Indian women who were partners of males who injected drugs were studied by the report.

Diagnosable mental health problems, poor decision-making powers and economic dependence characterised these women.

43% of women suffered physical violence by their drug-injecting partner, and 53% faced verbal aggression.

These women who are highly jeopardised by domestic violence have a low rate of seeking legal help.