According to a government report, there are an estimated 46,000 people in Nepal who are addicted to illegal drugs. Out of that total, 17,000 of the drug addicts are located in Kathmandu.
The number of estimated drug addicts in Nepal vary greatly. Aside from the government estimate, an NGO estimates that there are around 150,000 drug addicts in Nepal, with 64 percent of the users being below the age of 30.
Previously, it was reported that police in Nepal estimate that there are between 300,000 to 400,000 people addicted to illegal drugs in the country.
Source: Kalpit Parajuli, “Nepa at the centre of international drug trafficking,” AsiaNews, July 6, 2012.