According to the United Nations, synthetic drugs such as amphetamine, methamphetamine and ecstasy are the second most used illicit drug in the world after marijuana.
In January 2012, police in Toronto, Canada were reporting that the price of an ecstasy tablet sold in nightclubs in Toronto was selling for #$15. In 2010, the price for an ecstasy tablet in Toronto was reported to be $40. The cost to make a single ecstasy tablet is about 50 cents.
Roughly 15 percent of all students in the Canadian province of British Colombia has tried ecstasy by the time they turn 18.
Of the 15 million ecstasy tablets seized in 2010 in the United States, 4 million tablets were seized on the norther border with Canada, double the 2 million tablets that were seized in 2006. Between 2006 and 2010, between 10 to 24 people died each year due to overdosing on ecstasy.
In 2011, police in Brazil seized around 194,000 ecstasy pills in the country. 100 percent of the pills are trafficked into Brazil from foreign countries.
Over 8 percent of men between the ages of 16 and 29, or 100,000 young men in Australia are dependent on a stimulant drug such as speed, cocaine, ecstasy or ice.
In 2010, the average price of ecstasy in Auckland, New Zealand was $34 per pill (41 New Zealand Dollar0, down from the average price of $41 (50 New Zealand Dollar) in 2009.
1.4 percent of the entire population of the United States used ecstasy at least once in their lifetime.
In 2009, law enforcement in Canada busted 12 ecstasy labs and seized close to half a metric ton of ecstasy.
Between 2008 and 2010, teenagers in the United States who have used marijuana within the past year increased from 32 percent to 39 percent. Teenagers who used ecstasy within the past year between 2008 and 2010 also increased from 6 percent to 10 percent.