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Interesting Facts and Statistics:
The percentage of teens aged 12 to 17 perceiving great risk in having five or more drinks of an alcoholic beverage once or twice a week was stable between 2002 and 2006 (38.2 percent in 2002 and 39.4 percent in 2006) with the exception of a significant increase between 2004 (38.1 percent) and 2006. The rates of past month binge alcohol use among teens remained unchanged (10.7 percent in 2002 and 10.3 percent in 2006).
More boys than girls aged 12 to 20 reported binge drinking (19.2 vs. 15.5 percent) and heavy drinking (7.0 vs. 4.0 percent) in 2008. However, rates of current alcohol use were similar by gender (27.1 percent for boys and 25.8 percent for girls).
In 2008, the type of mental health services most often received by adults aged 18 or older was prescription medication (11.3 percent), followed by outpatient services (6.8 percent). Rates of prescription medication and outpatient service use in 2008 were similar to the rates in 2007 (11.1 and 6.9 percent, respectively). Note that respondents could report receiving more than one type of mental health care. Between 2002 and 2008, the percentage of adults receiving outpatient services declined from 7.4 to 6.8 percent, while the percentage receiving prescription medication increased from 10.5 to 11.3 percent.
The percentage of persons estimated to be dependent on illegal drugs in the past year was about 65 percent of those who were estimated to be dependent on or abused illegal drugs in the past year (Tables A.15 and A.16). State estimates for illegal drug dependence for persons aged 12 or older ranged from 1.5 percent in Hawaii to 3.3 percent in the District of Columbia. The highest rates of illegal drug dependence were among persons aged 18 to 25, with the highest rate in Rhode Island.10.0 percent.
When posed the question, "Who's using heroin?" the answer may not be what one would expect. An epidemic of heroin use over the past five years crosses generational, socioeconomic and geographic boundaries to plague all areas of American culture. Heroin, once a drug primarily associated with aging inner-city addicts, has become popular among suburban and rural populations, and is used by adults and adolescents.
The latest research indicates that the inhalant abuse of nitrates depletes a large amount of cells in the immune system, making it difficult for the body to fight infectious diseases.