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Interesting Facts and Statistics:
In 2008, 58.7 percent of teens aged 12 to 17 reported that they had talked at least once in the past year with at least one of their parents about the dangers of drug, tobacco, or alcohol use, which was similar to rates reported in 2007 (59.6 percent) and 2002 (58.1 percent). The prevalence of past month use of illegal drugs or cigarettes among those who reported having had such conversations with their parents (8.6 percent and 8.5 percent, respectively) was lower than that among those who reported having no such conversations (10.0 percent and 9.8 percent, respectively). However, the prevalence of past month use of marijuana or binge alcohol among those who reported having had such conversations with their parents (6.5 percent and 8.7 percent, respectively) was similar to that among those who reported having no such conversations (6.8 percent and 8.9 percent, respectively).
Only very powerful motivation can be the catalyst to an addict deciding to end their substance abuse. This motivation comes about when the consequences of using become much more painful than not using.
Keeping marijuana illegal keeps the prices higher. As drug use is sensitive to price, high prices help keep rates of marijuana use rates, especially amongst young people, relatively low.
When cocaine is smoked the euphoric feeling may last only five to 10 minutes, causing the user to use more cocaine more often to try to maintain that high.
Among adults aged 18 or older with past year MDE in 2008, about two thirds of those with no insurance (64.1 percent) and private insurance (69.8 percent) received treatment for depression in the past year compared with higher rates for those with Medicaid or CHIP (83.1 percent) and 83.5 percent of adults with other health insurance (including Medicare, CHAMPUS, TRICARE, CHAMPVA, VA, and other sources of health care or insurance).
In 2008, the use of smokeless tobacco in the past month was reported by 4.3 percent of persons aged 18 or older who had not completed high school, 4.6 percent of those who completed high school but did not attend college, and 3.2 percent of those who attended some college. The prevalence among college graduates, 2.5 percent, was lower than among those who had not completed high school and those who had completed high school but had not attended college. Among college graduates aged 18 to 25, the use of smokeless tobacco increased from 2.9 percent in 2007 to 4.3 percent in 2008.