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Global Use of Illegal and Legal Drug Types as of 2017

Source: Global Drug Survey ID 7468184, 2017

  • The use of illegal drugs affects 64% of people, which is more than half of the global population. These results are attributed to people who claimed they have used an illegal drug at least once. (Global Drug Survey ID 7468184, 2017)
  • 54% of respondents have used an illegal drug in the last 12 months. 43% of respondents admitted having used illegal drugs in the last month. (Global Drug Survey ID 7468184, 2017)
  • Injection is the least often used method of using drugs. Only 2% of drug users have injected a drug once in https://isum.com/drug-use-statistics/ their lifetime, while 1% did it in the last 12 months. (Global Drug Survey ID 7468184, 2017)

Global Population Share of Illicit Drug Use By Drug Type

Source: UNODC ID 443460

  • Cannabis is the most popular illicit drug among all drug users. It is estimated that between 3.4% and 4.8% of the global population consumes cannabis. (UNODC ID 443460, 2017)
  • Opioids score the second place, with 0.55% to 0.91% of the global population using opioid-based drugs. UNODC ID 443460, 2017)
  • Between 0.28% and 0.53% of the global population consumes opiates, which makes them the third-most often consumed illicit drug in the world. (UNODC ID 443460, 2017)
  • Cocaine is almost as popular as opiates (0.28% to 0.47% global users). It is estimated that stimulants, such as cocaine, amphetamines, and ecstasy are used by as much as 1.13% of the global population. (UNODC ID 443460, 2017)

Illegal Drug Use – Global Prevalence from 1990 to 2016

Source: UNODC ID 2724690

  • The percentage of the global population using illegal drugs increased by 0.8% between 1990 and 2016. As the graph suggests, it was a slightly sinusoidal tendency. (UNODC ID 2724690, 2017)
  • The greatest increase in global drug users was recorded between 2008 and 2016, from 4.6% (less than in 1990) to 5.2%. (UNODC ID 2724690, 2017)

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