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Rates of drug use are associated with age. Among teens aged 12 to 17, the rates of current illegal drug use increased with age: 3.8 percent at ages 12 or 13, 8.9 percent at ages 14 or 15, and 17.0 percent at ages 16 or 17. The highest rate was among persons aged 18 to 20 (22.3 percent). The rate was 18.7 percent among those aged 21 to 25 and declined with increasing age among older adults.
There were no statistically significant changes between 2004 and 2005 in the rate of current illegal drug use for any racial/ethnic subgroup among persons aged 12 or older. For teens aged 12 to 17, there was a decline among whites from 11.1 to 10.1 percent.
Past month illegal drug use also was associated with the level of past month alcohol use. Among teens aged 12 to 17 in 2008 who were heavy drinkers (i.e., consumed five or more drinks on the same occasion on each of 5 or more days in the past 30 days), 68.5 percent also were current illegal drug users, which was higher than the rate among nondrinkers (4.3 percent). The rate of current illegal drug use among teens reporting heavy drinking in the past month increased from 60.1 percent in 2007 to 68.5 percent in 2008, and a similar increase in illegal drug use (from 37.9 to 42.6 percent) was seen among teens who engaged in binge drinking (i.e., consumption of five or more drinks on the same occasion on at least 1 day in the past month).
Severe psychosis has been reported in the medical literature when regular users attempted abrupt Ativan withdrawal without professional guidance and support.
A recent study found that people who smoke marijuana frequently but do not smoke tobacco have more health problems and miss more days of work than nonsmokers, for most due to respiratory illnesses.
In 2006, 22.6 percent of teens aged 12 to 17 reported that, in the past year, they had gotten into a serious fight at school or at work; 17.0 percent had taken part in a group against group fight; 3.2 percent had carried a handgun at least once; 3.3 percent had sold illegal drugs; 4.8 percent had, at least once, stolen or tried to steal something worth more than $50 (increased from 4.2 percent in 2005); and 7.9 percent had, in at least one instance, attacked others with the intent to harm or seriously hurt them.