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.

800,000 pounds of marijuana was seized in the US state of Arizona in 2008.

(Price of marijuana globally.)


Mexican drug cartels are turning the US city of Atlanta into a major drug trafficking hub, according to law enforcement officials.  In FY2008, police seized $70 million in drug money in Atlanta, the highest amount in the country.  So far this year, $30 million has already been seized, far higher than the $19 million seized in Los Angeles and the $18 million in Chicago.

The region has become the main distribution center for the drug cartels in their entire eastern United States operations.

(More US crime statistics.)


$40 Billion is spent by the United States each year to combat illegal drugs, according to the Economist.


The black market marijuana trade in California is estimated to be worth $14 Billion.

Worldwide, the illegal marijuana trade generates over $100 Billion.


The black market trade in marijuana represents between 1.5 and 4.6 percent of the GDP of Canada‘s British Columbia province.

(See the latest marijuana facts and figures.)



United States customers purchase up to $28.5 Billion in drugs from cartels in Mexico.


The societal costs of methamphetamine in the United States is $23.4 Billion, according to the RAND Corporation. The reports finds that 900 people died prematurely due to meth addiction in 2005.  In 2009, there were 400,000 people addicted to the drug in the United States.


A report published by the US Justice Department found that there are as many as one million gang members in the United States, belonging to as many as 20,000 gangs.  These gangs and gang members are responsible for up to 80 percent of crime in the communities where they operate. These crimes range from drug trafficking, human smuggling, arms trafficking, and various other criminal activities.


Coca cultivation in Colombia increased by 27 percent in 2007.

(Price of cocaine.)


Drug smugglers and refiners of heroin in Afghanistan collectively earn $3.5 Billion a year in Afghanistan.