Number of illicit drug users in the world by drug type 2016* (in thousands)

Number of global illicit drug users by drug 2016 This statistic shows the estimated number of the global population that have used illicit drug in the past year in 2016, by drug type, in thousands. During this year, there was a low estimate of 27 million opioid users around the world.
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Cannabis165,760234,060
Opioids27,01044,540
Opiates13,80026,150
Cocaine13,87022,850
Amphetamines13,42055,240
"Ecstasy"8,99032,340
Low estimateHigh estimate
Cannabis165,760234,060
Opioids27,01044,540
Opiates13,80026,150
Cocaine13,87022,850
Amphetamines13,42055,240
"Ecstasy"8,99032,340
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This statistic shows the estimated number of the global population that have used illicit drug in the past year in 2016, by drug type, in thousands. During this year, there was a low estimate of 27 million opioid users around the world.
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Release date
June 2018
Region
Worldwide
Survey time period
2016
Age group
15-64 years
Supplementary notes
Values based on past-year use.

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