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UNODC World Drug Report 2023

UNODC World Drug Report 2023:

The UNODC World Drug Report 2023 (a yearly report) highlights the expanding illicit drug markets and the challenges they pose to health services and law enforcement.

Key findings:

  • Over 296 million people worldwide used drugs in 2021, a 23% increase over the past decade.
  • The increasing dominance of synthetic drugs, such as methamphetamine, and fentanyl which have transformed illicit drug markets due to their low cost and ease of production.
  • Drug use disorder cases have surged by 45% in the last ten years
  • Accelerated environmental devastation and crime caused by drug trafficking in the Amazon Basin.
  • Only one in five individuals with drug use disorders received treatment in 2021, with significant regional disparities in access to treatment
  • Illicit drug economies exacerbate conflicts, human rights abuses, and environmental devastation.
  • Illicit drug trade finances non-state armed and insurgency groups in the Sahel region. Prioritizing public health in regulating med


  • United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (est. 1997; HQ: Vienna) focuses on the trafficking and abuse of illicit drugs, crime prevention and criminal justice, international terrorism, and political corruption.
  • It is a member of the United Nations Development Group.