Global drug use

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Statista dossier on drug use worldwide

This dossier presents facts and figures on drug use worldwide. It includes information on the number of drug users around the world, figures on specific drugs including cannabis and opioids, deaths from drugs, treatment and more.

Table of contents

  • 1. Users
    • Addicts and consumers of illegal drugs worldwide 1990-2016

    • Illegal drug users - Global prevalence 1990-2016

    • Global population share of illicit drug use by drug 2016

    • Number of global illicit drug users by drug 2016

    • Number of illicit drug users worldwide by drug 2010-2016

    • Global use of illegal and legal drug types as of 2017

    • Global use of select types of drugs within the past year as of 2017

    • Global lifetime drug use of select types of drugs as of 2017

  • 2. Cannabis
    • Number of cannabis users worldwide by region 2008-2016

    • Most common methods of cannabis use among global cannabis users as of 2017

    • Cannabis users number of days cannabis was used in last 12 months 2016

    • Percentage of cannabis users that aim to reduce cannabis use as of 2017

  • 3. Opioids
    • Opiate - number of consumers worldwide 2010-2016

    • Number of worldwide users of opioids 2015 and 2016, by region

    • Global consumption of major synthetic opioids by type 2010-2016

    • Share of global fentanyl consumption by country 2016

    • Share of global codeine consumption by country 2016

    • Share of global morphine consumption by region 2016

  • 4. Other drugs
    • Amphetamine users worldwide by region 2008-2016

    • Number of worldwide users of cocaine by region 2010-2016

    • Ecstasy consumers worldwide by region 2008-2016

    • Ecstasy consumers worldwide by structured region 2008-2016

  • 5. New psychoactive substances
    • Number of new psychoactive drugs worldwide 2009 to 2016

    • Share of new psychoactive drugs worldwide 2016, by substance category

    • Share of new psychoactive drugs worldwide 2017, by psychoactive effect

  • 6. Deaths
    • Estimated number of drug deaths worldwide from 2000 to 2015

    • Share of drug use disorder deaths globally in 2015, by age

    • Share of leading causes of drug-related deaths globally as of 2016

  • 7. Treatment
    • Share of people in treatment for drug use worldwide 2015, by drug type

    • Global drug users seeking emergency medical treatment for select drug use as of 2017

    • Drug users that sought emergency medical treatment for drug use as of 2017, by gender

    • Trend of cannabis users seeking emergency medical treatment 2013-2016

  • 8. Drug injection and HIV
    • Global prevalence of people who currently inject drugs by region 2016

    • Global number of people who inject drugs by region 2016

    • Prevalence of HIV among drug users by world region 2016

    • Drug users infected with HIV by world region 2016

    • Number of people injecting drugs with HIV or hepatitis C worldwide in 2016

  • 9. Miscellaneous
    • Motivations for the use of psychedelic drugs globally as of 2016

    • Synthetic cannabinoid users that tried various preparations of this drug 2015-2017

    • Sources of synthetic cannabinoids for purchase worldwide 2016

    • Manufacture of global opium alkaloids and derivatives by type 2010-2016

    • Global manufacture of other synthetic opioids by type 2010-2016

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