Substance Abuse

Information and statistics about substance abuse around the world. Statistics also includes drug addiction rates, drug trafficking information, and sales and prices of the illegal drug trade.

In the fiscal year 2013, the United States Federal Government spent $320 Million on drug addiction research, according to a report by the Cincinnati Enquirer. The amount of federal spending was down 20 percent when compared to the inflation adjusted amount of $402 Million in 2010.

When adjusted for inflation, the amount of federal spending for 2013 was the same as FY 2002.

According to the Association for Addiction Professionals, about 10 percent of people in the United States who are addicted to prescription drugs or are heroin addicts have received any sort of treatment.

Source:  Carrie Blackmore Smith and Terry DeMio, “No way out: Heroin addicts trapped in deadly maze,” Cincinnati Enquirer, May 19, 2014.

Data released by the National Police Agency in Japan stated that 10,909 people were arrested in the country for various drug offenses in 2013.

Of the total who were arrested, 2,206 people, or 20 percent, were people over the age of 50. According to security officials, the number of older suspects who are arrested for drug crimes in Japan has risen in the last several years.

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Source:  Kenji Ogata and Roppei Tsuda, “Crime boss: Several buyers of illegal drugs are in showbiz,” Asahi Shimbun, May 19, 2014.

A teenager who sells crystal meth in Tehran, Iran, told the media that he sells a gram of crystal meth for about $5. Buyers of meth in Iran include many students and middle-class workers. According to the dealer, meth is more expensive than heroin in Iran, and many young people in Iran see crystal meth as “a luxury drug.” Many women have started to take crystal meth in order to lose weight and state that the methamphetamine pills are “cheaper than liposuction.”

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Government security agents in Iran reported seizing 3,500 kilograms of crystal meth in Iran in 2013, along with discovering 375 meth labs.

Security services in Iran spend up to $1 Billion a year combating drug trafficking along the border with Afghanistan. 80 percent of the executions conducted by the Iranian government are on charges related to drug trafficking.

From the time of the Islamic Revolution in 1979 to 2014, nearly 4,000 security personnel have been killed while conducting anti-narcotics operations.

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Source:  Ramita Navai, “Breaking bad in Tehran: how Iran got a taste for crystal meth,” Guardian, May 13, 2014.

A Bedouin who lives in the Sinai Peninsula of Egypt has resorted to growing opium for drug traffickers in order to make a living.

The man told the media that he previously provided camel tours to tourists. Before the uprising and revolution in Egypt in 2011, the man would see about 60 tourists each day. In the years following the revolution, the number of tourists have basically dropped to zero.

Many of the workers in the region turned to growing opium in order to make money. From 0 fields before 2011, there were around 100 fields reportedly in the area as of 2014. Each new growing season brought in more opium fields.

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In the planting season of 2014, the man had about 5 kilos of raw opium that he was planning on selling to drug traffickers. According to the man, drug dealers pay him a little under $1,370 (€1,000) per kilo. After splitting the profit with his business partner and calculating expenses such as seeds, water and labor, the farmer’s total profit from his opium field is about $826 (€600). This amount is significantly less than what he made a a tour guide.

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Source:  Theresa Breuer, “Egypt’s Tourism Crash Gives Way To Bustling Opium Trade,” WorldCrunch, May 8, 2014.

Roughly 40 percent of those between the ages of 15 to 25 years old in Indian state of Punjab is addicted to some form of narcotics, whether it be heroin addiction or alcohol addiction. 48 percent of the farmers and laborers in the state are also considered to be addicts.

In the neighborhood of Amritsar, thousands of  men have died while in their 20s to 30s due to complications related to their drug addiction. In one school, about 70 percent of the students have lost one parent to drug addiction.

During election season, political parties in India hand out bottles of liquor and heroin to voters in an attempt to get them to vote for their candidates. In the two months of campaigning leading up to the April 20, 2014 voting day, nearly 700,000 liters of alcohol, 150 kilograms of heroin, and 30 tons of opium poppy husk was seized in Punjab. The election commission was receiving up to 60 calls each day of parties illegally handing out items during the campaign season.

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Source:  Adi Narayan, “Wives Revolt as India Election Booze Leaves Trail of Widows,” Bloomberg, May 12, 2014.

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Based on user submitted data, the following is the street price of marijuana in the province of Saskatchewan, Canada. The prices are listed in Canadian dollars, with the units of gram listed as written when submitted.

$10 to $20 for one gram.

$15 to $20 for 1.75 grams (aka “teener”).

$45 to $48 for 3.5 grams (eighth of weed).

$75 to $110 for 7 grams (quarter ounce).

$125 to $140 for 14 grams (half ounce).

$250 to $260 for 28 grams (1 once).

$900 to $1,000 for 112 grams (quarter pound).

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Source: User submitted data, received on May 7, 2014.

The self proclaimed top drug dealer on the online black market website Silk Road plead guilty in US federal court in May 2014.

Connelis Ja Slomp, aka “SuperTrips”, is a 23 year old man from the Netherlands made over $3 Million in revenue from selling drugs on Silk Road.

According to court documents, the man was equipped with only a laptop, iPhone and a backpack when conducting his international drug ring.  The man shipped 104 kilograms of MDMA, 566,000 ecstasy pills, four kilos of cocaine and other drugs through the mail to customers who bought his product on the website.

He was arrested when he came to the United States in order to party in South Beach. He had already rented a Lamborghini when he was arrested at the airport.

After being arrested, he forfeited $3,030,000 that he earned from drug proceeds that wee in bitcoins, which the United States Government converted to cash.

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Source:  Kim Janssen, “World’s most prolific online drug dealer pleads guilty in Chicago,” Chicago Sun Times, May 8, 2014.

Sate officials the US State of Colorado reported on the tax collected from the state’s legalized marijuana program.

Marijuana smoking became legalized in the state at the start of 2014. In the time span of January and February 2014, the state of Colorado collected about $4.2 Million in sales and excise taxes on recreational marijuana. The amount collected was half of the $5.5 Million to $8.9 Million in taxes that state officials estimated it would collect.

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When voters in Colorado approved the recreational use of marijuana, the law included a 10 percent sales tax and a 15 percent excise tax on the wholesale prices of marijuana. In addition, consumers must pay local sales taxes and a 2.9 percent sales tax at the retail level.

Analysts interviewed by Bloomberg Businessweek stated that the low levels of tax collection were due to smokers choosing to remain enrolled in the state’s medical marijuana program, where the tax levied on marijuana is lower. Also, experts believe that many smokers are continuing to buy their marijuana on the black market due to its cheaper price.

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Source:  Jennifer Oldham, “Colorado Pot Revenue Lags Forecasts as Licensing is Slow,” Bloomberg Businessweek, May 1, 2014.

Security agencies in Costa Rica reported seizing about 4.8 metric tons of cocaine along the countries Pacific Coast during the first 4 months of 2014.

In all of 2013, security forces seized 18 metric tons of cocaine along the Pacific coast.

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In addition to cocaine trafficking, the Public Security Ministry is also monitoring illegal fishing activities in the waters surrounding Costa Rica. Four vessels that was conducting unauthorized fishing activities were seized in the first quarter of 2013. A total of 9 ships were seized for illegal fishing in 2013.

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Source:  Mario Garita, “Radar helps combat drug trafficking, illegal fishing,” Inside Costa Rica, May 1, 2014.

Reports by criminal justice programs in Australia found that drug trafficking activities in the country were increasing and that the arrests and seizures for illegal drugs reached an all time high.

In the Fiscal Year of 2012-2013, security personnel in Australia arrested 101,749 people for drug crimes. During the course of their investigations, police made 86,918 seizures of illegal drugs during the past year, which was a 66 percent increase over the past decade.

Marijuana is the most seized drug in Australia.

The second most popular drug in Australia was methamphetamine, where police saw a 300 percent increase in seizures from the year before.

Cocaine and steroids also saw record high seizure rates in Australia last year.

Source: AFP, “Australia warns meth pandemic as drug busts hit record,” Bangkok Post, April 29, 2014.