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Did You Know? ...
Interesting Facts and Statistics:
According to the National Household Survey that was taken during 2009, 5.3 million people reported using Vicodin and other prescription pain relievers for recreational use.
Data from the Department of Agriculture Forest Service and the Department of the Interior indicate that more than 4 million marijuana plants were eradicated from U.S. public lands in 2008 alone.
Of the 6.4 million people aged 12 or older who needed but did not receive specialty treatment for illegal drug use in 2008, 400,000 (6.3 percent) reported that they perceived a need for treatment for their illegal drug use problem. Of the 400,000 persons who felt a need for treatment in 2008, 99,000 (24.7 percent) reported that they made an effort (the number and percentage decreased from 205,000 persons and 37.5 percent in 2007), and 301,000 (75.3 percent) reported making no effort to get treatment (the number and percentage remained similar to those reported in 2007).
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.
Marijuana use can cause distorted perceptions, impaired coordination, difficulty in thinking and problem solving, and problems with learning and memory.
When a person injects, sniffs, or orally ingests an opiate, the drug travels quickly to the brain through the bloodstream.