Drug War Statistics

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Amount spent annually in the U.S. on the war on drugs: More than $51,000,000,000
 
Number of people arrested in 2012 in the U.S. on nonviolent drug charges: 1.55 million
 
Number of people arrested for a marijuana law violation in 2012: 749,825
  • Number of those charged with marijuana law violations who were arrested for possession only: 658,231 (88 percent)
Number of Americans incarcerated in 2012 in federal, state and local prisons and jails: 2,228,400 or 1 in every 108 adults, the highest incarceration rate in the world
 
Proportion of people incarcerated for a drug offense in state prison that are black or Hispanic, although these groups use and sell drugs at similar rates as whites: 61 percent
 
Number of states that allow the medical use of marijuana: 23 + District of Columbia
 
Estimated annual revenue that California would raise if it taxed and regulated the sale of marijuana: $1,400,000,000
 
Number of people killed in Mexico's drug war since 2006: 70,000+
 
Number of students who have lost federal financial aid eligibility because of a drug conviction: 200,000+
 
Number of people in the U.S. that died from a drug overdose in 2010: 38,329
 
Tax revenue that drug legalization would yield annually, if currently-illegal drugs were taxed at rates comparable to those on alcohol and tobacco: $46.7 billion
 
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that syringe access programs lower HIV incidence among people who inject drugs by: 80 percent
 
One-third of all AIDS cases in the U.S. have been caused by syringe sharing: 354,000 people
 
U.S. federal government support for syringe access programs: $0.00, thanks to a federal ban reinstated by Congress in 2011 that prohibits any federal assistance for them

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