78 million people living in the European Union, or 20 percent of all Europeans, have tried marijuana at least once in their life. In 2010, around 22.5 million people living in the European Union used marijuana.
The United States Drug Enforcement Administration reported that more and more drug traffickers are smuggling OxyContin from Canad into the United States. Canadians can legally purchase OxyContin with a prescription for about $5 per pill. On the black market in the United States, that same pill can be sold between $80 to $100.
Across the United States, there has been a surge in the number of newborn babies who are being born addicted to prescription drugs due to their mothers addiction.
The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime estimates 440,000 kilograms of pure cocaine was consumed around the world in 2009. Around 1.1 million kilograms of cocaine was produced around the world, with 615,000 kilograms being seized and 55,000 kilograms of cocaine being lost in agriculture losses.
According to a report by the Associated Press, between 2006 and November 2011, 25 mayors have been killed across Mexico by drug traffickers.
Between 2006 and 2011, the economic impact of the drug war in Mexico has cost the country $120 Billion in security spending and lost investments, according to Bulltick Capital Markets.
The United States Drug Enforcement Administration reports that in 2011 less than 3 percent of all drugs smuggled into the United States enter through ocean routes. The majority of the drugs entering the county enter over land through Mexico.
The Chief Executive of the Australian Crime Commission stated that cocaine traffickers sell their product in the country at markups of 8,000 percent.
New York City police arrest around 50,000 people ever year for marijuana possession, leading to one out of every seven case in the city’s criminal court system.
As of November 2011, there were an estimated 8,000 members of the guerrilla group FARC in Colombia, down from the high of 17,000. The group earns revenue through black market activities such as drug trafficking and kidnapping for ransom.