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2 July 2010updated 27 Sep 2015 2:18am

The Chartist: Powder trip

Cocaine production has dropped, but the number of users is rising, reports the UN.

By Alyssa McDonald


Published on 23 June, the UN World Drugs Report 2010 revealed that while the global supply of cocaine has fallen dramatically over the past decade, and the value of the market has halved since 1995, the number of users has increased by nearly two million since the end of the 20th century.

Europe, where the number of users has doubled over roughly the same period, has to shoulder a large portion of the blame.

Graphic by Jez Burrows.

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