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Did You Know? ...
Interesting Facts and Statistics:
New Mexico had the highest percentage of persons aged 12 or older needing but not receiving treatment for an illegal drug use problem in 2002 (3.5 percent). The other States in the top fifth were mainly in the West (Alaska, Arizona, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington) or in the Northeast (Rhode Island and Vermont). California had the largest total number of persons aged 12 or older needing but not receiving treatment for an illegal drug use problem, approximately 819,000, or about 13.0 percent of the total for the Nation.
Amphetamines (central nervous system stimulants) made up approximately 5 percent of the 1.6 million admissions to publicly funded substance abuse treatment facilities in 1999, an increase from approximately 2 percent in 1993.
The percentage of teens who reported that illegal drugs would be easy to obtain was associated with age, with perceived availability increasing with age. For example, in 2006, 20.7 percent of those aged 12 or 13 said it would be fairly or very easy to obtain marijuana compared with 52.9 percent of those aged 14 or 15 and 73.9 percent of those aged 16 or 17.
There were 6.4 million (2.6 percent) persons aged 12 or older who used prescription-type psychotherapeutic drugs nonmedically in the past month. Of these, 4.7 million used pain relievers, 1.8 million used tranquilizers, 1.1 million used stimulants (including 512,000 using methamphetamine), and 272,000 used sedatives. Each of these estimates is similar to the corresponding estimate for 2004.
In 2000 law enforcement authorities in Maine dismantled a drug ring accused of obtaining OxyContin by forging prescriptions, having them filled at pharmacies in southern Maine and New Hampshire, and covering the costs with their Medicaid cards.
In 2008, adults aged 18 or older who were on parole or a supervised release from jail during the past year had higher rates of dependence on or abuse of a substance (27.8 percent) than their counterparts who were not on parole or supervised release during the past year (8.9 percent).