Drug Overdose Deaths Worldwide in 2010

in Substance Abuse

An estimated 78,000 people died from illegal drugs around the world in 2010, according to a study released in the medical journal The Lancet.

Over 55 percent of the deaths were due to overdosing on opioids, such as heroin and prescription drug abuse.

Amphetamines was the most addictive drug around the world, with an estimated 17 million addicts. 15.5 million people were addicted to opioids, and 13 million people were addicted to cannabis.

Marijuana was the most used illegal drug around the world.

(Weed prices by country.)

Source:  AFP, “Heroin, amphetamines head list of problem drugs,” GlobalPost, August 28, 2013.

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