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Interesting Facts and Statistics:
One of the most serious physical problems that the abuse of crystal methamphetamine can cause in inflammation of the lining of the heart.
In the South, current illegal drug use declined from 9.3 percent in 2007 to 8.0 percent in 2008 among teens aged 12 to 17, and use of crack decreased from 0.3 to 0.2 percent among persons aged 12 or older. Also in the South, current nonmedical use of prescription psychotherapeutics declined from 3.0 to 2.4 percent among persons aged 12 or older, from 3.8 to 2.8 percent among teens aged 12 to 17, and from 2.3 to 1.7 percent among adults aged 26 or older. These decreases were driven in part by decreases in the rates of nonmedical use of pain relievers for teens aged 12 to 17 and adults aged 26 or older, although the decrease among adults aged 26 or older was not significant. There were no significant changes in the rates of current use in any of the nine illegal drug categories for the Northeast, Midwest, and West between 2007 and 2008.
In the Midwest, the prevalence of current cigar smoking increased from 5.6 percent in 2002 and 5.8 percent in 2003 to 6.9 percent in 2004, leveling off at 6.7 percent in 2005.
The definition for drug addiction is a condition where a person takes a drug every day, despite harm to themselves.
An individual's perception of the risks of substance use has been shown to be related to whether he or she actually uses the substance (e.g., Bachman, Johnston, & O'Malley, 1998). In 2002, the State with the lowest rate of perceived great risk of using marijuana occasionally (once a month) among persons aged 12 or older was Massachusetts (Table A.3). Only about 25 percent of all persons aged 12 or older in Massachusetts thought that occasional use was a great risk. This is striking in that Massachusetts reported only a moderate rate (6.3 percent) of past month use of marijuana in the 12 or older age group (Table A.2). States in the West and Northeast accounted for most of the lowest rates of perceptions of great risk of marijuana use among persons aged 12 or older. In addition to Massachusetts, there were Alaska, Colorado, Maine, Montana, New Hampshire, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington. Seven of the States having the lowest perceived risks also reported rates in the highest fifth for past month marijuana use for persons aged 12 or older. Similarly, of the 10 States indicating the highest perceived risk of occasional marijuana use among persons aged 12 or older, six had past month marijuana use rates that were in the lowest fifth (Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, and West Virginia).
A single gram of meth, a "teener" costs about $80 and can supply 10 ? 15 doses which can be smoked, snorted, injected, dissolved or swallowed. A single gram of Heroin can range from $120 - $500.