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Interesting Facts and Statistics:
The exact medical causes of drug and alcohol addiction cannot yet be completely understood. Researchers in the field of substance abuse can only state with assurance that the repeated use of addictive drugs can bring about dramatic changes in both the structure and the function of the brain in destructive ways that can result in compulsive drug use.
Of the 7.0 million current users of illegal drugs other than marijuana, 4.8 million were current users of psychotherapeutic drugs. This represents 2.1 percent of the population aged 12 or older, which was higher than the rate observed in 2000 (1.7 percent). Of those who reported current use of any psychotherapeutics, 3.5 million used pain relievers, 1.4 million used tranquilizers, 1.0 million used stimulants, and 0.3 million used sedatives.
Coincident with the increase in the perceived great risk of marijuana use, the prevalence of lifetime, past year, and past month marijuana use among teens aged 12 to 17 decreased between 2002 and 2006. During this period, lifetime use of marijuana dropped from 20.6 to 17.3 percent, past year use declined from 15.8 to 13.2 percent, and past month use fell from 8.2 to 6.7 percent.
Marijuana is made from the dried, shredded leaves, flowers, and other parts of a plant in the genus Cannabis.
Methamphetamine stimulates the central nervous system and causes extreme excitability in most users.
Approximately 640,000 Americans surveyed during 2008 that were over the age of 12 have reported using an inhalant in the past month.