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.

The number of drug addicts in Russia has increased by 9 times over the last ten years.


3,000 foreigners were arrested for drug smuggling in Russia in 2006. The locations where the foreigners were from were Tajikistan, Ukraine, and Azerbaijan.


In 2008, there were 517,389 registered drug abusers in Russia. Other estimates have placed the total number of drug users in Russia as high as 4 million.


90 percent of the opiates smuggled on to the black market in Russia originated from Afghanistan.

(More heroin facts and statistics.)


28.7 percent of opium farmers claimed poverty alleviation as the reason for growing opium in Afghanistan.

(Learn more facts about heroin addiction here.)



4 percent of the population, or 920,000 people, are estimated drug users in Afghanistan in 2008.


Opium poppy cultivation has increased on average by 34 percent every year since the Taliban was disposed of in 2001.

(More security threats and crime statistics from Afghanistan.)


In the National Drug Threat Assessment 2007, the report states that Mexican and Colombia Drug Trafficking Organizations “together generate, remove, and launder between $8.3 billion and $24.9 billion in wholesale distribution proceeds from Mexico-produced marijuana, methamphetamine, and heroin and South American cocaine and heroin annually.”

On the Northern border, “an estimated $5.2 billion to $21.2 billion is generated through the wholesale distribution of marijuana and MDMA” by Canadian Drug Trafficking Organizations.


475,000 people in Spain was believed to have been using cocaine in 2006, making it one of the highest levels of cocaine abuse in the world.

6,000 Spanish youths between the age of 14 to 18 are reportedly using cocaine on a daily basis.

7.0 percent of the population used cocaine at least once in their lifetime.

(More cocaine facts here.)


There were 5 to 6 million drug users in Russia in 2006, according to the US State Department.

(World cocaine costs per gram.)