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Interesting Facts and Statistics:
OxyContin abuse has led to an escalated number of pharmacy robberies, thefts, shoplifting incidents, and health care fraud incidents.
Sudden heroin withdrawal by heavily dependent users who are in poor health can be fatal.
As of 2008, those in treatment for primary marijuana abuse had begun use at an early age: 56 percent by age 14.
As in prior years, boys were more likely than girls among persons aged 12 or older to be current illegal drug users in 2006 (10.5 vs. 6.2 percent, respectively). The rate of past month marijuana use for boys was about twice as high as the rate for girls (8.1 vs. 4.1 percent). However, boys and girls had similar rates of past month use of stimulants (0.5 percent for both boys and girls), Ecstasy (0.2 percent for both), sedatives (0.1 and 0.2 percent, respectively), OxyContin® (0.1 percent for both), LSD (0.1 and less than 0.1 percent), and PCP (less than 0.1 percent for both).
Among adults aged 26 or older, 5.9 percent were current illegal drug users in 2008. In this age group, 4.2 percent used marijuana, and 1.9 percent used prescription-type drugs nonmedically. Less than 1 percent used cocaine (0.7 percent), hallucinogens (0.1 percent), heroin (0.1 percent), and inhalants (0.1 percent). The only significant change between 2007 and 2008 in the rates of past month use among adults in this age group involved crack, which decreased from 0.3 to 0.2 percent. In addition, the rates of past year nonmedical use declined for psychotherapeutic drugs overall (from 4.9 percent in 2007 to 4.4 percent in 2008), sedatives (from 0.3 to 0.2 percent), and methamphetamine (from 0.4 to 0.3 percent). However, increases occurred in lifetime use of hallucinogens (from 14.2 percent in 2007 to 15.2 percent in 2008) and lifetime nonmedical use of pain relievers (from 11.8 to 12.7 percent).
A majority of teens aged 12 to 17 (90.8 percent) in 2008 reported that their parents would strongly disapprove of their trying marijuana or hashish once or twice. Current marijuana use was much less prevalent among teens who perceived strong parental disapproval for trying marijuana or hashish once or twice than for those who did not (4.3 vs. 29.8 percent).