World Health Organization
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Honourable chairs, Distinguished delegates, The United States of America is deeply concerned by the rapid increase in the number of the individuals abusing over-the-counter drugs. The abuse of the OTC drugs, especially by young people, is a significant problem, as these drugs are more readily obtainable and are regarded by teens and parents as less risky than the controlled substances. |However, epidemiological evidence suggests that people who begin experimenting with drugs of abuse during early adolescence are more likely to develop substance use disorders,...