World Drug Report 2006


Some 200 million people, or 5 percent of the global population age 15-64, have used illicit drugs at least once in the last 12 months. Among this population are people from almost every country on earth. More people are involved in the production and trafficking of illicit drugs and still more are touched by the devastating social and economic costs of this problem. Partially a consequence of its pervasiveness and partially a consequence of the illicit and hidden nature of the problem, reliable analysis and statistics on the production, trafficking and use of illicit drugs are rare.

The World Drug Report 2006 endeavours to fill this gap. It provides one of the most comprehensive overviews of illicit drug trends at the international level. In addition, it presents a special thematic chapter on cannabis, by far the most widely produced, trafficked and used drug in the world. 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.

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World Drug Report 2006
Executive Summary
Volume 1: Analysis - Full Report (PDF, 5.84 MB)

(PDF, 3.50 MB)
 (PDF, 4.93 MB)

Volume 2: Statistics - Full Report
(PDF, 3.13 MB)

(PDF, 3.56 MB)
Español (PDF, 4.44 MB)
English (PDF)
Russian (PDF)

Press release

Video news release   -   video B-roll
Executive Director Costa on:

Africa as a drug transit route Cannabis  -  Europe and cocaine
with UNODC cannabis expert Ted Leggett on the WDR cannabis findings (9.4MB)
Volume 1: Analysis

Volume 2: Statistics

Explanatory notes
Executive Summary
Chapter 1.
Trends in World Drug Markets
1.1. The evolution of the world drug problem
1.2. The outlook for world drug markets
1.3 Opium / Heroin market
1.4 Coca / Cocaine market
1.5 Cannabis market
1.6 Amphetamine-type stimulants
Chapter 2. Cannabis: Why we should care
2.1. Introduction
2.2. The world's biggest drug market is growing and uncharted cannabis is produced in their countries, and their other
2.3. The emergence of 'new cannabis' and the reassessment of health risks
2.4. Conclusion
Annex 1 - The plant and the drug
Annex 2 - Estimating yield
Annex 3 - Estimating individual consumption


Chapter 3. Production
3.1. Opium / Heroin
3.2. Coca / Cocaine
3.3. Cannabis
3.4. Amphetamine-type stimulants
3.5. Other Drugs
Chapter 4. Seizures
4.1 Opiates: Seizures, 1998-2003
4.2 Cocaine: Seizures, 1998-2003
4.3 Cannabis: Seizures, 1998-2003
4.4 Amphetamine-type stimulants: Seizures, 1998-2003
Chapter 5. Prices
5.1. Opiates: Whole, street prices and purity levels
5.2. Cocaine: Wholesale, street prices and purity levels
5.3. Cannabis: Wholesale, street prices and purity levels
5.4. ATS: Wholesale, street prices and purity levels
Chapter 6. Consumption
6.1. Annual Prevalence of drug abuse
6.2. Treatment demand
Chapter 7.


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