Illegal Drug Users in the World in 2012

in Substance Abuse

According to a study published by Australian researchers at the start of 2012, around 200 million people around the world use some form of illicit drug. This is equal to 1 in 20 people around the world between the ages of 15 and 64.

203 million people use marijuana, 56 million people use amphetamines and meth, 21 million people use cocaine, and 21 million use opiates such as heroin.

Source: Katie Moisse, “200 Million People Use Illicit Drugs, Study Finds,” ABC News, January 6, 2012.

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