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Interesting Facts and Statistics:
In 2008, about half (49.2 percent) of the teens aged 12 to 17 reported that it would be "fairly easy" or "very easy" for them to obtain marijuana if they wanted some. One in seven (13.0 percent) indicated that heroin would be "fairly" or "very" easily available, and 13.8 percent reported so for LSD. Between 2002 and 2008, there were decreases in the perceived easy availability of marijuana (from 55.0 to 49.2 percent), cocaine (from 25.0 to 22.1 percent), crack (from 26.5 to 23.2 percent), LSD (from 19.4 to 13.8 percent), and heroin (from 15.8 to 13.0 percent). The perceived availability of the following illegal drugs declined between 2007 and 2008: cocaine from 24.5 to 22.1 percent; crack from 25.3 to 23.2 percent; and heroin from 14.1 to 13.0 percent. However, the perceived availability of marijuana and LSD did not change significantly during the 2-year period.
Pregnant women that use methamphetamine risk premature labor, detachment of the placenta and low birth weight babies.
The overall rate of current illegal drug use among persons aged 12 or older in 2005 (8.1 percent) was similar to the rate in 2004 (7.9 percent), 2003 (8.2 percent), and 2002 (8.3 percent).
In 2005, 37.8 percent of teens aged 12 to 17 with past year MDE received treatment for depression (saw or talked to a medical doctor or other professional or used prescription medication). Among teens with past year MDE, 20.5 percent saw or talked to a medical doctor or other professional only, 2.6 percent used prescription medication only, and 14.4 percent received treatment from both sources for depression in the past year.
Contrary to popular belief, the 'typical' overdose victim is not a young novice or inexperienced user. Rather, the average age of death reported is in the late twenties and early thirties. Eighty per cent of deaths were classified as dependent, regular users. Given that the mean age of death reported in most studies is approximately 30 years, and that heroin-using careers typically start in the late teens, most fatal cases have been using heroin for a considerable amount of time prior to death. They do not, on the whole, appear to be novice users but older dependent heroin users. Deaths do occur among recreational heroin users as well. It is estimated that 17% of heroin overdose deaths are by recreational/weekend users.
A study of cocaine abusers in Baltimore has helped determine exactly how cocaine use may contribute to heart disease.