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Did You Know? ...
Interesting Facts and Statistics:
In 2008, 10.0 million persons aged 12 or older reported driving under the influence of illegal drugs during the past year. This corresponds to 4.0 percent of the population aged 12 or older, the same as the rate in 2007 (4.0 percent), but lower than the rate in 2002 (4.7 percent). In 2008, the rate was highest among young adults aged 18 to 25 (12.3 percent).
When someone overdoses opiates, it is the action of the opiates in the brainstem respiratory centers that can cause the person to stop breathing and die.
As with abusers of any addictive drug, heroin abusers gradually spend more and more time and energy obtaining and using the drug. Once they are addicted, the heroin abusers' primary purpose in life becomes seeking and using drugs. The drugs literally change their brains and their behavior.
In 2005, adults aged 18 or older who were on parole or a supervised release from jail during the past year were more likely to be classified with dependence on or abuse of a substance (33.7 percent) than those who were not on parole or supervised release during the past year (9.1 percent).
As in prior years, boys were more likely in 2005 to report current illegal drug use than girls (10.2 vs. 6.1 percent, respectively). Boys were about twice as likely to use marijuana as girls (8.2 vs. 4.0 percent). However, the rates of nonmedical use of prescription-type psychotherapeutics were similar for both boys (2.8 percent) and girls (2.5 percent).
As there is never a dull moment in the world of designer drugs, a man in Georgia that was under the influence of bath salts dialed 911 and told the operator that he was going to extract his own liver with a mechanical pencil.