Blog: After 40-Year Fight, Illicit Drug Use at All-Time High

This blog includes some interesting statistics on the cost of illicit drug use including:

  •  “The U.S. accounts for a substantial fraction of the 230,000,000 drug users around the world who drive the demand for these illicit substances. If these customers constituted a nation, it would be the fifth most populous in the world, exceeded in size only by the U.S., China, India, and Indonesia.
  • The financial and economic drain of a drug habit is substantial. A heroin user who spends $50 a day on the drug could save $180,000 over a decade, were it not for their addiction. And cocaine abusers with a $75-a-day habit would save $250,000 over ten years. This money, which could have been reinvested in the economy, instead enters the illegal drug market and funds drug production and distribution operations on a massive scale.”

 Source: – July 23, 2013


  1. Clarence Bowden says

    As a treatment provider I think it is important to educate our clients and make the dollar connections with them. We need to show them by comparisons of how much they are actually spending and who / where the money is going.


  2. says

    Nice comparisons, especially the money a person would save if they gave up their drug. Not a lot of people frame the problem in that way.

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