Heroin in East Asia and the Pacific Region

An estimated 3.3 million people across the East Asia and Pacific region consume heroin on an annual basis. In China, an estimated 2,366,000 people used heroin in 2010, followed by Indonesia with 247,000 users, Vietnam with 155,000 heroin users, and Myanmar with 100,000 users.

In 2011, up to 65 tons of pure heroin was believed to have been consumed across the region.

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime estimates that the heroin market in the region is worth $16.3 Billion.

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Source: “Transnational Organized Crime in East Asia and the Pacific: A Threat Assessment,” UNODC, April 2013, Executive Summary, page vi.