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Interesting Facts and Statistics:
Rates of current use of illegal drugs in 2008 were higher for young adults aged 18 to 25 (19.6 percent) than for teens aged 12 to 17 (9.3 percent) and adults aged 26 or older (5.9 percent). Among young adults, 16.5 percent used marijuana in the past month, 5.9 percent used prescription type drugs nonmedically, 1.7 percent used hallucinogens, and 1.5 percent used cocaine.
In 2005, there were 2.1 million persons who had used marijuana for the first time within the past 12 months; this averages to approximately 6,000 initiates per day. This estimate was not significantly different from the numbers in 2004 (2.1 million), 2003 (2.0 million), and 2002 (2.2 million).
SPD in the past year was associated with past year substance dependence or abuse in 2005. Among adults with SPD in 2005, 21.3 percent (5.2 million) were dependent on or abused illegal drugs or alcohol. The rate among adults without SPD was 7.7 percent (14.9 million).
Related to the prevalence of marijuana use is the number of persons in a period of time who used it for the first time ever. When the number of first-time users of a substance increases for a number of consecutive years, the prevalence rate for the substance tends to increase also.
The use of Methadone damages the functionality of some of the major organs in the body, specifically the liver and the kidney.
The rates of current use of cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, cigars, and pipe tobacco were unchanged between 2004 and 2005. However, between 2002 and 2005, past month use of a tobacco product declined from 30.4 to 29.4 percent, and past month cigarette use decreased from 26.0 to 24.9 percent.