Data from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has been used to create a new interactive map which shows everything from how many people are using drugs to how many die from overdoses around the world.
When it comes to which countries are using the most drugs, this was found to vary from substance to substance. Cannabis is used the most in Iceland, the US and New Zealand whereas cocaine use was the most predominant in Scotland, Spain and the US.
Ecstasy is most commonly used in Australia, New Zealand and Scotland, opiates are used more in Afghanistan, the Seychelles and Iran than anywhere else and prescription stimulants are most popular in El Salvador, the US and Costa Rica.
Under the filter, ‘people treated for drug abuse’, New Zealand is shown with the highest treatment rate. Here, over 14,000 people per million are treated for drug addiction - mainly cannabis. This is followed by Iran where more people are treated for opioid and meth addiction than anything else. A staggering one in three people have a drug addiction in Iran which no doubt has something to do with the fact that the country serves as a major trafficking route for heroin.
Cocaine makes up around 91% of all drugs treated in Uruguay - the highest percentage of any country. In terms of the most treated drug type, the Central African Republic comes out on top with 100% of treatments being for cannabis.
When filtering by ‘deaths by overdose’, Iceland has the highest number in terms of its population size. 212 deaths per million are put down to drugs in Iceland. This is followed by the US which witnessed 195 deaths per one million.
If you think that you or someone you know could have a problem with drugs, please feel free to visit our Drug Addiction Treatment and Rehabilitation page for more information about the signs, symptoms and treatments that are available.