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.

85 percent of all marijuana grown and trafficked in the Canadian province of British Columbia is controlled by organized crime groups. The marijuana trade in BC generates up to $7.1 Billion (7 Billion Canadian).

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Source:  Canadian Press, “Tax marijuana, says B.C. mayors’ coalition,” CBC News, April 26, 2012.

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The number of drug smuggling arrests by officials at the Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta International Airport has been increasing over the course of 4 years.

Police stopped 16 attempts of drug smuggling in 2008, which rose to 39 cases in 2009, and 63 drug smuggling attempts in 2010. In 2011, police stopped 52 cases of drug smuggling at the Jakarta Airport.

Police report that a majority of the drug smuggling cases involves drug syndicates operating from Malaysia.

Source:  Multa Fidus, “Malaysian syndicates dominate drug smuggling in RI,” Jakarta Post, April 26, 2012.

Between 2010 and 2011, reports by the United States Army show that 8 soldiers died from heroin overdose while serving in Afghanistan.

Across the entire Army, the number of soldiers who have tested positive for heroin has increased ten-fold since 2002. In Fiscal Year 2002, there were 10 reported cases of soldiers testing positive for heroin. In FY 2010, there were 116 positive results of heroin.

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Source:  Michael Martinez, “Opiates killed 8 Americans in Afghanistan, Army records show,” CNN, April 23, 2012.

Drug abusers in Nepal spend up to $1 Million (90 Million Nepalese Rupees) on illegal drugs within the country each year, according to Narcoon Nepal.

(Additional drug trafficking statistics.)

Source: Rajneesh Bhandari, “The Next Drug War? Nepal Becoming a Haven For Drug Trafficking,” PolicyMic, April 20, 2012.

Law enforcement agencies in Sri Lanka arrested 22,691 people for marijuana-related crimes between January and October 2011.

An addition 11,787 arrests were made for either using, dealing or trafficking heroin in the country, according to a report by the US State Department.

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Source:  “2012 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report,” United States Department of State, March 7, 2012.


Drug smuggling gangs are undercutting the crystal meth market in Thailand by selling the drug at a cheaper price then the Myanmar drug dealers.

Police report that traffickers from Iran are selling a kilogram of crystal meth in Thailand for $26,000 (800,000 Thai Baht), undercutting the Myanmar traffickers, who sell a kilogram of crystal meth for $81,000 (2.5 Million Thai Baht).

The Iranians are able to sell their drugs at a cheaper price due to using lesser amounts of pseudoephedrine.

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Source:  “Cops fret as Africa, Iran dealers push meth locally,” Bangkok Post, April 16, 2012.

In 2012, citizens of Brazil used the second most cocaine in the world, trailing only the United States in cocaine abuse.

80 percent of the cocaine abused in Brazil was trafficked in from Bolivia.

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Source:  Brian Winter, “Brazil’s “gringo” problem: its borders,” Reuters, April 13, 2012.

An estimated $6.1 Billion (6 Billion Australian Dollars) would be generated in tax revenue for the Government of Australia if illegal drugs were legalized, according to an opinion piece in The Australian.

From marijuana alone, the potential tax revenue for the Australian government would be $618 Million (600 Million Australian Dollars) a year.

Source:  Adam Creighton, “Taxing drug users could plug budget black holes,” Australian, Opinion, April 5, 2012.

A drug rehab center in Kabul, Afghanistan estimates that there are around 60,000 women who regularly abuse illegal drugs in the country. The women abuse heroin, hashish, and marijuana.

There are about one million abusers of heroin and opium in Afghanistan. With a total population of 30 million, the high rate of drug abusers in the country makes it the world’s top heroin user per capita.

Source:  Amie Ferris-Rotman, “Lifting the veil on Afghanistan’s female addicts,” Reuters, April 1, 2012.


In 2012, there were an estimated 170,000 drug users in Malaysia. A majority of the intravenous drug users in the country were addicted to heroin.

Of all the drug arrests in the country, about half were for abusing opiates.

The heroin that is used in Malaysia is trafficked from Myanmar, Laos and West Asia.

Source:  Liz Gooch, “Malaysian Mosque Is Also a Methadone Clinic,” New York Times, March 28, 2012.