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Interesting Facts and Statistics:
The occurrence of MDE in the past year among teens aged 12 to 17 was associated with a higher prevalence of illegal drug or alcohol dependence or abuse (18.8 percent). Among teens who did not report past year MDE, 7.1 percent had illegal drug or alcohol dependence or abuse during the same period.
Short-term effects of marijuana use include memory loss, distorted perception, trouble with thinking and problem solving, and anxiety. Students who use marijuana may find it hard to learn, thus jeopardizing their ability to achieve their full potential.
Ecstasy is criminalized in most countries under a United Nations (U.N.) agreement, and its possession, manufacture, or sale may result in criminal prosecution.
Orally administered cocaine takes approximately 30 minutes to enter the bloodstream.
Looking at combined 2004-2005 data, rates of past month cigarette smoking were lower for pregnant women than nonpregnant women among those aged 26 to 44 (10.4 vs. 28.8 percent) and among those aged 18 to 25 (26.4 vs. 35.8 percent) However, among those aged 15 to 17, the rate of cigarette smoking for pregnant women was higher than for nonpregnant women (22.3 vs. 18.5 percent), although the difference was not significant. Similar patterns were observed in the combined 2002-2003 data.
In 2006, the average age at first marijuana use among recent initiates aged 12 to 49 was 17.4 years, the same as the average in 2005. Among recent initiates aged 12 or older who initiated use prior to the age of 21, the mean ages at first use were 15.9 years in 2002, 15.9 years in 2003, 16.0 years in 2004, 16.0 years in 2005, and 16.1 years in 2006.