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Prevalence of illegal drug use among the global population from 1990 to 2016*

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Illegal drug users - Global prevalence 1990-2016 This statistic shows the worldwide prevalence of illicit drugs as a percentage of the global population aged between 15 and 64 years, from 1990 to 2016. In 1990, an estimated 4.8 percent of the global population used illicit drugs. This figure had increased to some 5.6 percent by the year 2016.
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This statistic shows the worldwide prevalence of illicit drugs as a percentage of the global population aged between 15 and 64 years, from 1990 to 2016. In 1990, an estimated 4.8 percent of the global population used illicit drugs. This figure had increased to some 5.6 percent by the year 2016.
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Release date
June 2018
Region
Worldwide
Survey time period
1990 to 2016
Age group
15-64 years
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* All figures are estimated mean values. This statistic was assembled from several editions of the World Drug Report. The source gives no data on problem drug usage prevalence before 2004, or for 2014, 2015, or 2016.

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