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Interesting Facts and Statistics:
In 2006, there were 1.1 million persons aged 12 or older who had used hallucinogens for the first time within the past 12 months. This estimate was not significantly different from the estimate in 2005 (953,000), but it was higher than the estimates in 2004 (934,000) and 2003 (886,000).
A majority of underage current drinkers in 2008 reported that their last use of alcohol in the past month occurred either in someone else's home (56.2 percent) or their own home (29.6 percent). Underage boys were more likely than girls to have been at a concert or sports game on their last drinking occasion (2.5 vs. 1.1 percent), whereas girls were more likely than boys to have been in a restaurant, bar, or club on their last drinking occasion (10.3 vs. 7.0 percent).
During the 1990s, heroin incidence rates rose to a level not reached since the 1970s. The annual number of new users ranged from 55,000 to 69,000 between 1989 and 1992. However, there were 110,000 new heroin users in 1994 and 146,000 in 2000. Between 1975 and 1977, there were approximately 120,000 to 140,000 new users of heroin per year.
More than one fifth (22.7 percent) of persons aged 12 or older participated in binge drinking at least once in the 30 days prior to the survey in 2005. This translates to about 55 million people, comparable with the estimates reported since 2002.
The inhalant abuse of the refrigerant Freon can cause sudden sniffing death syndrome, respiratory obstruction and in rare instances, death.
Rates of illegal drug or alcohol dependence or abuse are associated with current employment status. An estimated 15.4 percent of unemployed adults 18 or older in 2001 were classified with dependence on or abuse of illegal drugs or alcohol, while 7.9 percent of full-time employed adults were classified as such.