Drug use and health consequences

This, the second booklet of the World Drug Report 2020, contributes evidence to support the international community in implementing operational recommendations on drug demand reduction and treatment, as well as other health-related outcomes, including those contained in the outcome document of the special session of the General Assembly on the world drug problem, held in 2016.

The booklet provides a global overview of the extent of and trends in drug use, including drug use disorders, and its health consequences. Using the latest estimates as a basis, the booklet reviews the general situation and trends in the use of each drug type in the main consumer markets at the subregional level. It then addresses the health impact of drug use, including the global number of deaths and years of “healthy” life lost as a result of drug use. The booklet concludes with an analysis of the number of people who inject drugs and those among them who are living with HIV and hepatitis.