2014 World Drug Report Summary

Globally, an estimated 243 million people, about 5.2% of the world population aged 15-64 used an illicit drug in 2012. There has been an increase in opioid and cannabis use since 2009, while opiates, cocaine and amphetamine-type stimulants (ATS) have either remained stable or decreased. New psychoactive substances (NPS) are now found in most of Europe and North America, as well as Oceania, Asia, South America and several African countries. The number of NPS rose from 251 in July of 2012 to 348 in December of 2013. This compares to 234 psychoactive substances controlled at the international level. “The use of new psychoactive substances is thus emerging as a truly global phenomenon.”