The Burden of Drug Use Disorders


Drug use disorders are among the leading causes of premature mortality and disability in the Region of the Americas. With an increasing trend, regionwide in 2019, drug use disorders ranked as the ninth cause of disability-adjusted life years (DALYs), the fifth cause of years lived with disability (YLDs), and the fifteenth cause of years of life lost (YLLs) due to premature mortality. Those deaths and years of healthy life lost caused by drug use disorders are avoidable through public health and preventive interventions, adequate health care and treatments, and prevention and management of the harms associated with drug use, and access to controlled medicines.   

The data visualization presents the level, geographic distribution, and trends over time of the burden of drug use disorders including opioid use disorders, cocaine use disorders, amphetamine use disorders, cannabis use disorders, and other drug disorders by age, sex, year, and countries of the Region the Americas from 2000 to 2019.