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Addicts and consumers of illegal drugs worldwide from 1990 to 2016
(in millions)
Addicts and consumers of illegal drugs worldwide 1990-2016
This statistic shows the estimated number of addicts and consumers of illegal drugs worldwide from 1990 to 2016. In 1990, the number of consumers was estimated at some 180 million worldwide. By 2016, this figure increased up to some 275 million.
Addicts and consumers of illegal drugs worldwide from 1990 to 2016
(in millions)
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Source

Release date

June 2018

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

1990 to 2016

Age group

15-64 years

Supplementary notes

This statistic was assembled from several editions of the WDR. The source does not provide any information regarding the number of addicts before 2003. All values are based on past-year use.
* The source calls them "problem drug users" or "people with drug use disorders"; persons consuming illegal drugs on a regular basis.

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Addicts and consumers of illegal drugs worldwide 1990-2016
This statistic shows the estimated number of addicts and consumers of illegal drugs worldwide from 1990 to 2016. In 1990, the number of consumers was estimated at some 180 million worldwide. By 2016, this figure increased up to some 275 million.
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