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Interesting Facts and Statistics:
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 2005, an estimated 2.9 million persons aged 12 or older used an illegal drug for the first time within the past 12 months; this averages to nearly 8,000 initiates per day. This estimate was not significantly different from the number in 2004 (2.8 million). Most initiates (56.1 percent) were younger than age 18 when they first used, and the majority of new users (56.2 percent) were female. The average age at initiation among persons aged 12 to 49 was 18.7 years.
The FDA reports that between 2000 and 2001, OxyContin has played a role in 464 deaths across the United States.
A couple in West Virginia was recently sentenced for conspiracy to sell heroin, when they turned to heroin after their doctor refused to continue prescribing OxyContin.
The side effects that are experienced by opiate addicts vary according to the dosage that a person is taking.
Our brains are wired in a way that ensures that we will repeat activities by associating them with pleasure or reward. Whenever this reward circuit is activated, the brain notes that something important is happening that needs to be remembered; this process in the brain is what strongly reinforces us to repeat the behavior again and again, without even consciously thinking about it. Because drugs of abuse stimulate this same reward circuit within the brain, drug use can easily become a repetitive unconscious act.