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Interesting Facts and Statistics:
Among persons aged 12 to 20, past month alcohol use rates were 18.6 percent among blacks, 19.7 percent among Asians, 25.3 percent among Hispanics, 27.5 percent among those reporting two or more races, 31.3 percent among American Indians or Alaska Natives, and 32.3 percent among whites. The 2006 rate for American Indians or Alaska Natives is higher than the 2005 rate of 21.7 percent.
The rate of current illegal drug use in metropolitan areas was higher than the rate in nonmetropolitan areas in 2006. The rates were 8.7 percent in large metropolitan counties, 8.3 percent in small metropolitan counties, and 6.8 percent in nonmetropolitan counties as a group. Within nonmetropolitan areas, counties that were urbanized had a rate of 7.1 percent, less urbanized counties had a rate of 6.5 percent, while completely rural counties had a rate of 7.8 percent. The rates in 2005 were similar to those in 2006.
Rates of substance dependence or abuse were associated with age. In 2006, the rate of substance dependence or abuse among adults aged 18 to 25 (21.3 percent) was higher than that among teens aged 12 to 17 (8.0 percent) and among adults aged 26 or older (7.2 percent).
In 2008, 13.7 percent of teens aged 12 to 17 indicated that they had been approached by someone selling drugs in the past month, which was down from the 16.7 percent reported in 2002. The rate remained stable between 2007 (14.5 percent) and 2008.
Matching drug rehab treatment settings and services to each individual's particular substance abuse problem and personal needs can often be critical to his or her ultimate success in returning to productive functioning in the family, workplace, and society.
The percentage of teens aged 12 to 17 indicating great risk in having four or five drinks of an alcoholic beverage nearly every day increased from 62.2 percent in 2002 to 65.9 percent in 2008. The rate of past month heavy alcohol use among teens aged 12 to 17 decreased from 2.5 percent in 2002 to 2.0 percent in 2008.