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.

Based on user submitted data, the black market price for marijuana in the US city of Minneapolis, Minnesota is as follows:

Gram: $15-20
1/16 oz (1.75g): $20-30
1/8 oz (3.5g): $50-60
1/4 oz (7g): $80-120
1/2 oz (14g): $150-200
1 oz (28g): $300-400
1/4 lbs (112g): $950-1200

According to the source, “As with most illicit drugs, overall value increases with quantity purchased. Price variance typically depends on quality, supply/demand, and relationship with seller.”

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Source: User submitted data to Havocscope on January 19, 2014.

The Office of  the Narcotics Control Board in Thailand released its statistics on meth trafficking arrests in Thailand for 2013.

According to figures from criminal justice programs, there were 431,000 drug related arrests across Thailand in 2013. The number of arrests have been increasing each year, with 386,000 arrests in 2012 and 224,000 arrests in 2011.

Along with an increase in drug arrests, the number of methamphetamine pills seized by police has continued to increase. In 2011, police seized 55 million meth pills. In 2012, the number increased to 83 million and further increased to 120 million meth pills being seized in 2013.

The number of admissions to drug treatment programs in Thailand has increased since 2011, where 203,000 people entered drug rehab. In 2012, the number of patients increased to 560,000, and slightly dropped in 2013 to 485,000. (Additional facts about meth addiction here.)

Across the country, there are over 40,000 drug users who inject the drug with needles. Out of the injecting users, 22 percent are infected with HIV.

As of the end of 2013, the price to buy Yaba, or a meth pill on the streets of Thailand was $4.

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Source:  “Rethinking Thailand’s war on methamphetamines,” IRIn, January 13, 2014.

According to media reports, the price to buy a tablet of Captagon in Syria is between $5 to $20.

The market for Captagon in the Middle East has increased in recent years as the war in Syria has continued. Criminal justice officials believe that Syria produced the most Captagon tablets in 2013, surpassing Lebanon as the main producer of the amphetamine tablet in the Middle East.  Drug traders estimate that up to 90 percent of the production in Lebanon has decreased as the production moved into Syria.

(Methamphetamine facts about users and abuse.)

However, the trafficking of Captagon pills is still high in Lebanon. Security forces seized over 12.3 million pills in 2013, with most of the large busts taking place in areas near the border of Syria.

In May 2013, Turkish security seized 7 million Captagon pills that were on its way to Saudi Arabia, with Turkish security agencies stating that the pills were made in Syria.

In December 2013, police in Dubai seized a record 4.6 million Captagon pills.

Source:  Stephen Kalin, “Insight: War turns Syria into major amphetamines producer, consumer,” Reuters, January 12, 2013.

A survey of 2,400 drug injecting users in Australia found that the taking of performance enhancing drugs increased sharply amongst young men in the country.

74 percent of people in New South Wales who started injecting drugs into their bodies injected performance and image enhancing drugs (PIEDs) in 2013.  In 2003, the number who started with PIEDs was 27 percent. Most of the PIEDs injected were steroids and are driven by young men.

While steroids use has increased, the rate of new meth injectors has declined. Back in 2006, up to 50 percent of new meth users by males injected the drug. In 2013, the rate of new injection rates for meth for men decreased to 11 percent.

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Source:  “Steroids now the drug of choice for young men”, 9 News, January 10, 2014.

(Prescription drug abuse statistics and information.)

In 2013, officers with various criminal justice programs in Australia charged 173 visitors of inmates with crimes for attempting to smuggling contraband into prisons. Nearly 600 people were additionally refused entry into the prison after being discovered to be carrying contraband. Most of the visitors who were charged or denied entry were women. The Commissioner of the Prison System stated that women are often pressured by their fathers, husbands, boyfriends or sons to bring in contraband when visiting.

Items prevented from entering the prisons included a total of 323 grans of marijuana, 1063 unidentified tablets, and 213 grams of unidentified powder.

In total, over 97,000 searchers were carried out by correction officers at NSW prisons in 2013.

Some of the methods of the attempted smuggling cases involved cutting out an encyclopedia to fill with drugs, filling a squash ball with marijuana and throwing the ball over the prison fence, and filling a balloon with tablets and hiding the balloon in a bra.

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Source:  Mark Morri, “Bring daddy his drugs: Smuggling crackdown in NSW prisons, as loved ones bring items in,” Telegraph Australia, January 8, 2014.

In 2012, an estimated $18 billion was lost to the Colombian government due to various types of money laundering activities, according to the Financial Information and Analysis Unit.

The amount of money lost in Colombia due to laundering was higher than the total amount of money that was invested into Colombia by foreign entities. According to the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, $15.2 Billion of foreign investment funds was directed to Colombia in 2012.

Colombia has a long history of money laundering due to its drug trafficking industry. When cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar was killed by Colombian security service agents in 1993, it was estimated that he had a $30 Billion in assets.

(Additional examples of money laundering cases worldwide.)

Source:  Ernesto Suarez Gomez, “The tangled web of money laundering,” Infosurhoy, January 7, 2014.

Security service officials state that Paraguay is the largest producer of marijuana in South America. Most of the cannabis that is produced in the country is exported to Brazil.

In 2013, the criminal justice system seized 461 tonnes of marijuana in Paraguay. The amount seized was significantly higher than the 176 tonnes of marijuana seized in 2012.

Cocaine seizures in Paraguay remained stable, as 3.3 tonnes were seized in 2013, compared to 3.1 tonnes in 2012.

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Source:  “Paraguay drug seizures up by 39% in 2013,” BBC News, January 1, 2013.

In 2013, security services in Nepal arrested 129 people who were foreign nationals within the country who were trafficking drugs. The Nepalese Narcotics Bureau state that a large portion of the drugs used within the country takes place by foreign tourists visiting Katmandu, with the primary drug used being marijuana.

During the year, government security officials seized 25 tonnes of cannabis in Nepal.

The black market price of marijuana in Katmandu is reported to be about $70 for a kilogram (7,000 Nepali Rupees), which is around one-tenth the price of a kilo when compared to Western countries.

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Source:  “Foreign Drug Users Find Paradise In Nepal,” Bernama, December 30, 2013.

According to reader submitted information to Havocscope, the street price of a gram of heroin in Australian city of Perth is $500.

To buy a quarter gram, the reported price is $200, and for half a gram the street price is $350.

The submitted information was based upon street prices as of January 1, 2014.

The last reported price available from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime had the retail street price of heroin in Australia to be $50.4 per gram.

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Source:  User Submitted Information to Havocscope, Received on January 2, 2014.

Criminal justice programs across Colombia report that synthetic drugs are more popular with users that traditional forms of illegal drugs.

In the capital of Bogota, synthetic drugs are used more often than marijuana, cocaine and heroin, according to the National Police of Colombia. A study conducted in 2013 found that there were 130 points of sale in Bogota where synthetic drugs were available for purchase.

Over 45 different types of synthetic drugs are available for users in Bogota. These pills are sold by drug dealers at a wide range of prices, depending on the substance and the time of day. The reported price for a single pill of a synthetic drugs range from $5.19 to $51.90 (10,000 to 100,000 Colombian Pesos).

In comparison, the price for a single hit of Punto Rojo marijuana in Bogota is $1 (2,000 Pesos), and a single gram of low-grade cocaine is $5.19 (10,000 Pesos).

(Cocaine prices by gram.)

Source:  Santiago Wills, “Synthetic drugs a new plague in Colombia,” Infosurhoy, December 27, 2013.