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Interesting Facts and Statistics:
Among teens aged 12 to 17, the current illegal drug use rate remained stable from 2006 (9.8 percent) to 2007 (9.5 percent). Between 2002 and 2007, youth rates declined significantly for illegal drugs in general (from 11.6 to 9.5 percent) and for marijuana, cocaine, hallucinogens, LSD, Ecstasy, prescription-type drugs used nonmedically, pain relievers, stimulants, methamphetamine, and the use of illegal drugs other than marijuana.
During 2001, wholesale prices for South American heroin ranged from $50,000 to $250,000 per kilogram. Southeast and Southwest Asian heroin wholesale prices ranged from $35,000 to $120,000 per kilogram, and Mexican heroin ranged from $15,000 to $65,000 per kilogram. Street-level heroin usually sells for $10 per dose, although prices vary throughout the country.
338,000 people used heroin last month.
The percentage of teens reporting that it would be easy to obtain marijuana declined between 2002 and 2003, from 55.0 to 53.6 percent, and again between 2003 and 2004, to 52.2 percent. The percentage of teens reporting that LSD would be easy to obtain also decreased between 2002 and 2004, from 19.4 to 16.9 percent, as did the perceived availability of heroin (15.8 to 14.0 percent).
In 2005, among the 1.6 million adults aged 18 or older on parole or other supervised release from prison during the past year, 26.3 percent were current illegal drug users, higher than the 7.7 percent among adults not on parole or supervised release.
Methamphetamine, like alcohol, is metabolized by the kidneys; chronic long term use of the drug can lead to severe kidney damage.