Drug Use, Abuse & Addiction Statistics, Trends & Data

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Humans and drugs have a long and complicated history. People have been using different sorts of drugs for centuries, be it for medical or recreational reasons, but only recently, the problem of drug addiction has reached epidemic levels across the globe.

Our team has collectively spent hundreds of hours working on the current drug use and abuse statistics to provide you with a comprehensive report on the current stats and trends among drug users.

The report covers a variety of drug-related issues, such as illicit substance abuse and overdose rates, emergency room data, prevention and treatment programs, and other research findings.

Illegal and Legal Drug Global Overview

Global Use of Illegal and Legal Drug Types

Global Population Share of Illicit Drug Use By Drug Type

Illegal Drug Use – Global Prevalence

Global Lifetime Drug Use of Select Types of Drugs

Global Drug Users Seeking Emergency Medical Treatment For Select Drug Use

Prevalence of Drug Use in the U.S.

Number of People in the U.S. Who Used Selected Illicit Drugs in Their Lifetime (in 1,000)

Source: SAMHSA, RTI International ID 61118

Number of People in the U.S. Who Used Selected Illicit Drugs in the Past Year (in 1,000)

Source: SAMHSA: RTI International ID 611152

Recreational Drug Use Statistics

Number of People in the U.S. Who Used Marijuana in Their Lifetime from 2009 to 2016 (in 1,000)

Source: SAMHSA; RTI International ID 61168

Number of People in the U.S. Who Used Ecstasy (MDMA) in Their Lifetime from 2009 to 2016 (in 1,000)

Source: SAMHSA; RTI International ID 61179

Number of People in the U.S. Who Used Cocaine in Their Lifetime from 2009 to 2016 (in 1,000)

Source: SAMHSA, RTI International ID 611637

Number of People in the U.S. Who Used Crack in Their Lifetime from 2009 to 2016 (in 1,000)

Source: SAMHSA, RTI International

Number of People in the U.S. Who Used Methamphetamine in the Lifetime from 2009 to 2016 (in 1,000)

Number of People in the U.S. Who Used Heroin in Their Lifetime from 2009 to 2016 (in 1,000)

Source: SAMHSA, RTI International ID 611657

Heroin Dependence or Abuse Among Individuals during the past year from 2002 to 2016 (in 1,000)

Source: SAMHSA ID 476276

Substance Use Among Adults in the United States by Any Mental Illness

Source: SAMHSA; NSDUH ID 252470

Prescription Drug Abuse Statistics

Prescription Drug Sales in the US

Source: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s National Center for Health Statistics

Opioid Overdose Deaths in the U.S. from 1999 to 2016, by Drug Type (per 100,000 population)

Source: National Vital Statistics System Mortality File

U.S. Drug Statistics Regarding the Use of Depressants and Antidepressants among Teens as of 2018

Teen Drug Use

Lifetime Prevalence of Drug Use Within Grades 8, 10 and 12 in the U.S. Combined from 2004 to 2017

Source: Institute for Social Research ID 208420

U.S. High School Students Who Have Used Hallucinogenic Drugs at Least Once as of 2017, by gender and ethnicity

Source: CDC ID 222515

Lifetime Prevalence of Cocaine Use Within Grades 8, 10 and 12 from 2004 to 2017

Source: Institute for Social Research

Percentage of U.S. High School Students Who Have Used Cocaine at Least Once as of 2017, by Gender and Ethnicity

Source: CDC ID 222514

30-day Prevalence of Drug Use Within Grades 8, 10 and 12 in the U.S. Combined from 2004 to 2017

Source: Institute for Social Research ID 209025

Juvenile Arrest Rate for Drug Abuse in the United States in 2016, Sorted by State

Source: OJJDP ID 306647

Drug-related Deaths

Drug Overdose Death Rate in the United States in 2016, by State (per 100,000 population)

Source: CDC ID 610864

Number of Drug Overdose Deaths in the U.S. in 2016, by State

Source: CDC ID 610864

Number of Drug Overdose Deaths in the U.S. from 1999 to 2016, by Gender

Source: CDC; NCHS ID 611012

Number of Drug Overdose Deaths in the U.S. from 2014 to 2016, by Age

Source: CDC; NCHS ID 611017

Number of Drug Overdose Deaths in the United States in 2015, by Drug Type

Rate of Drug Overdose Deaths in the United States in 2015, by Drug Type (per 100,000 population)

Source: CDC ID 751469

Number of Drug Overdose Deaths Among Those Aged 15 to 24 Years in the U.S. from 1999 to 2016

Source: CDC; NCHS ID 707323

Heroin Overdose Death Rate in the United States in 2016, by State (per 100,000 population)

Source: CDC ID 796939

Treatment & Rehab

Number of Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities in the U.S. as of 2016, by State

Source: SAMHSA ID 462615

Number of Substance Abuse Treatment Clients in the U.S. as of 2016, by State

Source: SAMHSA ID 452626

Total Number of Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities in the U.S. from 2003 to 2016

Source: SAMHSA ID 450281

Distribution of Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities in the U.S. as of 2016, by Operation Type

Source: SAMHSA ID 452477

Distribution of Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities in the U.S. as of 2016, by Type of Care Offered

Source: SAMHSA ID 452485

Federal Drug Control Spending on Treatment and Prevention in the United States from 2008 to 2018 (in million U.S. dollars)

Source: ONDCP ID 619031

Economic Numbers

Costs Due to Abuse of Tobacco, Alcohol. Illicit Drugs, and Prescription Opioids in the United States as of 2017

Source: SAMHSA ID 462615

Percentage of U.S. Population With Usage of Prescription Drugs Within the Past Month Between 1988 and 2014, by Age

Source: CDC; NCHS ID 184442

Percentage of U.S. Residents that Self-reported Illicit Drug Use Within the Past Month from 2003 to 2014, by Metropolitan Size

Source: CDC; NSDUH; MMWR ID 804105

Total Production of Cocaine in the U.S. from 2009 to 2015 (in kilograms)

Source: INCB ID 459810

Illicit Drug Use Disorder Among Adults in the United States as of 2016, by Level of Mental Illness

Source: SAMHSA; NSDUH ID 252473

Suicide Thoughts, Plans and Attempts Among U.S. Adults as of 2016, by Substance Dependence or Abuse

SAMHSA; NSDUH ID 252478

Total Federal Drug Control Spending in the United States from FY 2013 to FY 2018 (in millions of U.S. dollars)

Source: ONDCP ID 618857

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