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Did You Know? ...
Interesting Facts and Statistics:
The percentage of teens aged 12 to 17 indicating great risk in smoking marijuana once a month increased from 32.4 percent in 2002 to 34.7 percent in 2006. The percentage of teens aged 12 to 17 perceiving great risk in smoking marijuana once or twice a week also increased from 51.5 percent in 2002 to 54.2 percent in 2006.
The most dangerous side effect of OxyContin is respiratory depression.
Alcohol consumption levels also were associated with tobacco use. Among heavy alcohol users aged 12 or older, 58.3 percent smoked cigarettes in the past month, while only 20.4 percent of non binge current drinkers and 17.2 percent of persons who did not drink alcohol in the past month were current smokers. Smokeless tobacco use and cigar use also were more prevalent among heavy drinkers (11.4 and 18.7 percent, respectively) than among non binge drinkers (2.1 and 4.6 percent) and nondrinkers (2.2 and 2.1 percent).
The States with the highest rates of any illegal drug use for all persons aged 12 or older were mostly in the West (six States) and the Northeast (three States). Most of the States that displayed the lowest rates in the Nation were either from the South (five States) or the West (three States). Two Midwestern States, Kansas and Iowa, completed the lowest fifth. Among teens aged 12 to 17, States in the South again predominated the lowest fifth (Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Texas, and West Virginia).
Another important piece of information about drug abuse that many drug users apparently do not comprehend is that continuous, long-term drug abuse quite easily can become drug dependency.
In 2006, 79.4 percent of teens aged 12 to 17 reported having seen or heard drug or alcohol prevention messages from sources outside of school, which declined from 81.1 percent in 2005. The prevalence of past month use of illegal drugs, marijuana, cigarettes, or binge alcohol was lower among those who reported having such exposure (9.2 percent, 6.2 percent, 9.5 percent, and 10.0 percent, respectively) than among those who reported having no such exposure (12.0 percent, 8.5 percent, 13.8 percent, and 11.5 percent, respectively).