World Drug Report 2005


The negative impacts of the illicit drug trade touch every society in the world. This year's World Drug Report estimates that 200 million people, or 5% of the global population age 15-64, have consumed illicit drugs at least once in the last 12 months. The drug trade is pernicious and large. UNODC estimates its retail value at US$ 321bn. It impacts almost every level of human security from individual health, to safety and social welfare. Its consequences are especially devastating for countries with limited resources available to fight against it.

The World Drug Report 2005 provides one of the most comprehensive overviews of illicit drug trends at the international level. In addition, this year it presents the work of UNODC in two new areas of research. Both aim to provide tools to enrich our understanding of an immensely complex situation: an estimate of the financial value of the world drug market, and the preliminary steps towards the creation of an illicit drug index. The analysis of trends, some going back 10 years or more, is presented in Volume 1. Detailed statistics are presented in Volume 2. Taken together these volumes provide the most up to date view of today's illicit drug situation.

World Drug Report 2005


Executive Summary



Volume 1: Analysis - Full Report (PDF, 8.75 MB)

French (PDF, 6.76 MB)

Spanish (PDF, 7.26 MB) 

Volume 2: Statistics - Full Report (PDF, 6.72 MB)

French (PDF, 5.72 MB)

Spanish (PDF, 5.39 MB)


English (PDF)

English (PDF)

English (PDF)

World Drug Report 2005 by Chapters

Volume 1: Analysis

Volume 2: Statistics


Explanatory notes
Executive Summary

Chapter 1.
Trends in World Drug Markets

1.1. The dynamics of the world drug markets
1.2. Opium/Heroin market
1.3. Coca/Cocaine market
1.4. Cannabis market
1.5. Amphetamine-type stimulants market

Chapter 2. Estimating the Value of Illicit Drug Markets

2.1. Background
2.2. Results
2.3. Results of the individual markets
2.4. Conclusions

Chapter 3. HIV/AIDS and Drugs

3.1 Epidemiology of HIV/AIDS and drug use
3.2 Drug use, sexual behaviours and HIV/AIDS
3.3 Conclusions

Chapter 4. Towards the Creation of the an Illicit Drug Index

4.1 Introduction
4.2 Methodology


Chapter 5. Production

5.1. Opium / Heroin
5.2. Coca / Cocaine
5.3. Cannabis
5.4. Amphetamine-type stimulants
5.5. Other Drugs

Chapter 6. Seizures

6.1 Opiates: Seizures, 1998-2003 6.2 Cocaine: Seizures, 1998-2003 6.3 Cannabis: Seizures, 1998-2003
6.4 Amphetamine-type stimulants: Seizures, 1998-2003

Chapter 7. Prices

7.1. Opiates: Wholesale, street prices and purity levels
7.2. Cocaine: Wholesale, street prices and purity levels
7.3. Cannabis: Wholesale, street prices and purity levels
7.4. ATS: Wholesale, street prices and purity levels

Chapter 8. Consumption

8.1. Annual Prevalence of drug abuse
8.2. Treatment demand


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