89 percent of the world’s opium seizures in 2010 took place in Iran due to its location next to Afghanistan.
The Office of National Drug Control Policy reported that the US Government spent $15.1 Billion in 2010 to fight the “War on Drugs”.
According to the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of deaths due to prescription drugs was four times the rate of deaths due to illicit drugs such as cocaine and heroin. In the state of Florida, 76 percent of all overdose deaths invovled prescription drugs, with 34 percent of overdose deaths invovled illegal drugs. Across the entire United States, 29,846 people overdosed on prescription drugs and died in 2007.
A study funded by the US Agency for International Development found that 50,000 people were kidnapped in Mexico in 2008 alone. Between 2007 and 2010, the Mexican government initiated 1,880 kidnapping investigations. Of the total number of cases, the police actively pursued 23 percent of the cases.
In July 2011, there were nearly 40,000 drug users who were being treated for their addiction in Portugal. In the early 1990s, there were an estimated 100,000 drug addicts in the country. The drop in hard-core users is due to the country decriminalizing drugs and forcing users to enter drug treatment instead of the criminal justice system.
16.3 percent of all drivers at night in the United States were under the influence of various legal and illegal drugs, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Half of the drivers with drugs in their system smoked marijuana. In the state of California alone, nearly 1,000 deaths and injuries are caused by driving under the influence of drugs.
The United Nations Office on Crime and Drugs estimates that there are between 900,000 to 1,000,000 users of illegal drugs in Brazil.
One-quarter of all cocaine that is produced in Colombia and Peru is smuggled through Ecuador to reach the United States. The amount of cocaine that travels through Ecuador is estimated to be 200 tons.
The United Nations Office on Crime and Drugs estimates that around 210 million people around the world use an illegal drug each year.
According to the United Nations Office on Crime and Drugs, the opiate market in Iran is worth $3 Billion a year. The majority of the revenue from heroin trafficking goes to organized crime groups within the country.