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Interesting Facts and Statistics:
During World War II amphetamine was extensively used to combat fatigue and increase alertness in soldiers.
Among persons aged 12 to 20, binge drinking was reported by 22.3 percent of whites, 18.1 percent of American Indians or Alaska Natives, 17.9 percent of Hispanics, and 16.6 percent of persons reporting two or more races, but only by 7.4 percent of Asians, 8.4 percent of Native Hawaiians or Other Pacific Islanders, and 9.1 percent of blacks.
The percentage of persons estimated to be dependent on illegal drugs in the past year was about 65 percent of those who were estimated to be dependent on or abused illegal drugs in the past year. State estimates for illegal drug dependence for persons aged 12 or older ranged from 1.5 percent in Hawaii to 3.3 percent in the District of Columbia. The highest rates of illegal drug dependence were among persons aged 18 to 25, with the highest rate in Rhode Island.10.0 percent.
Four percent of high school seniors in the United States abused OxyContin at least once in the past year, according to the University of Michigan's Monitoring the Future Survey.
The rate for use of marijuana in the past year decreased from 2002 to 2008 but was stable between 2007 and 2008, while the number of persons who were dependent on or were abusing marijuana did not change significantly between 2002 and 2008 and between 2007 and 2008. However, between 2004 and 2008, the percentage and the number of persons dependent on or abusing pain relievers increased (from 0.6 to 0.7 percent and from 1.4 million to 1.7 million).
In 2008, among the 4.0 million persons aged 12 or older who received treatment for alcohol or illegal drug use in the past year, 2.2 million persons received treatment at a self help group, and 1.5 million received treatment at a rehabilitation facility as an outpatient. There were 1.1 million persons who received treatment at a mental health center as an outpatient, 743,000 persons who received treatment at a rehabilitation facility as an inpatient, 675,000 at a hospital as an inpatient, 672,000 at a private doctor's office, 374,000 at an emergency room, and 343,000 at a prison or jail. None of these estimates changed significantly between 2007 and 2008 or between 2002 and 2008, except that the number of persons who received treatment at a rehabilitation facility as an inpatient in 2008 was lower than that in 2007 (1.0 million) and 2002 (1.1 million).