Here’s how much cocaine costs around the world

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In Colombia, you can get a gram for the price of a Big Mac.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 1.5 million people over the age of 12 used cocaine in 2014, or about 0.6 percent of the population. And while the heroin and opioid use is on the rise, usage rates for cocaine have been declining. This is in part because cocaine isn’t your most cost-effective high. According to the most recent National Drug Survey, the average price for a gram of cocaine is $78 per gram.

Using the U.N. World Drug Report and user-submitted data, the black-market site Havocscope compiled a list of how much cocaine costs around the world. Kuwait tops the price charts, at $330 a gram, while Colombia has the lowest prices at $3.50 per gram.

As you can see, there is a vast range in what you’ll pay for the white stuff. The farther you are from its sources—Colombia, Peru, and Bolivia account for all the harvest coca plants in the world—the more expensive it gets. For example, in Australia, it’s outrageously pricey at $300 a gram, but in Bolivia or Colombia, you can get pretty damn high for less than a Big Mac. In the U.S., prices range from $8 to $300, and that’s based on location (you can get it cheaper in Los Angeles, since it’s closer to the Mexican border than in the boonies) and cut (since cocaine is often diluted for greater profit).

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Cocaine prices across the globe, from highest to lowest:

Kuwait

$330 per gram

United States

$300 to $8 per gram (according to the Global Drug Survey, the average is $62)

Australia

$300 per gram

Japan

$269.50 per gram

Egypt

$205.50 per gram

Ukraine

$189.60 per gram

Denmark

$180 per gram

New Zealand

$179.30 per gram

Moldova

$155.40 per gram

Norway

$154.45 per gram

Saudi Arabia

$133.50 per gram

Romania

$132.50 per gram

Estonia

$127.20 per gram

Iran

$126.30 per gram

Jordan

$126.30 per gram

Cyprus

$119.20 per gram

Philippines

$119 per gram

Pakistan

$118.70 per gram

Latvia

$112.60 per gram

Montenegro

$111.20 per gram

Sweden

$110.60 per gram

Greece

$110.30 per gram

China

$106.90 per gram (Hong Kong)

Finland

$106 per gram

Czech Republic

$104.80 per gram

Croatia

$99.40 per gram

Austria

$97.30 per gram

Indonesia

$96.50 per gram

Switzerland

$95.60 per gram

Bulgaria

$94.90 per gram

Ireland

$92.70 per gram

Italy

$91.60 per gram

Serbia

$88.20 per gram

Germany

$86.90 per gram

Thailand

$86 per gram

Zimbabwe

$80 per gram

Israel

$80 per gram

Poland

$53 per gram

France

$79.50 per gram

Spain

$79.50 per gram

Albania

$79.50 per gram

Lithuania

$78.90 per gram

Turkey

$78.20 per gram

Hungary

$72.10 per gram

Belgium

$67.10 per gram

United Kingdom

$61.50 per gram

Portugal

$61 per gram

Netherlands

$58.70 per gram

Cuba

$56.70 per gram

Lebanon

$40 per gram

South Africa

$32.70 per gram

Nigeria

$32.50 per gram

El Salvador

$24 per gram

Paraguay

$20 per gram

Costa Rica

$17 per gram

Guatemala

$13.30 per gram

Brazil

$12 per gram

Haiti

$10 per gram

Chile

$8.80 per gram

Venezuela

$9.30 per gram

Honduras

$9.20 per gram

Dominican Republic

$8 per gram

Argentina

$5.90 per gram

Ecuador

$5 per gram

Peru

$4.50 per gram

Bolivia

$3.50 per gram

Colombia

$3.50 per gram

Editor’s note: This article is regularly updated for relevance. 

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