Number of global illicit drug users by drug 2017

This statistic shows the estimated number of the global population that have used illicit drug in the past year in 2017, by drug type, in thousands. During this year, there was a low estimate of 47 million opioid users around the world.

Number of illicit drug users in the world by drug type 2017*

Low estimateHigh estimate
Cannabis163,680219,020
Opioids47,16060,180
Opiates24,51034,520
Cocaine15,38020,960
Amphetamines15,21042,960
"Ecstasy"8,42040,310
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Source

Release date

June 2019

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

2017

Age group

15-64 years

Supplementary notes

Values based on past-year use.

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