Drug Overdose Deaths Worldwide

in Substance Abuse

According to the 2013 World Drug Report published by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, an estimated 211,000 people died in 2011 to drug related causes around the world. The UNODC states that most of the deaths were among the younger population of users and most were preventable.

Overdosing on opioids such as heroin and prescription painkillers was the most commonly reported groups of drugs that caused deaths in 2011.

(Heroin prices by gram worldwide.)

Source:  United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, “World Drug Report 2013,” Executive Summary, June 2013, page ix.

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