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According to the National Household Survey that was taken during 2009, 5.3 million people reported using Vicodin and other prescription pain relievers for recreational use.
Alcohol consumption levels also were associated with tobacco use. Among heavy alcohol users aged 12 or older, 58.3 percent smoked cigarettes in the past month, while only 20.4 percent of non binge current drinkers and 17.2 percent of persons who did not drink alcohol in the past month were current smokers. Smokeless tobacco use and cigar use also were more prevalent among heavy drinkers (11.4 and 18.7 percent, respectively) than among non binge drinkers (2.1 and 4.6 percent) and nondrinkers (2.2 and 2.1 percent).
As with other amphetamines, tolerance to methamphetamine is not completely understood, but known to be sufficiently complex that it cannot be explained by any single mechanism. The extent of tolerance and the rate at which it develops varies widely between individuals, and even within one person it is highly dependent on dosage, duration of use and frequency of administration. Many cases of narcolepsy were treated with methamphetamine for years without escalating doses or any apparent loss of effect.
In 2005, there were 877,000 persons aged 12 or older who had used inhalants for the first time within the past 12 months; 72.3 percent were under age 18 when they first used. The average age at first use among recent initiates aged 12 to 49 was 16.1 years in 2005. There were no significant changes in the number of inhalant initiates or the average age at first use from 2002 to 2005.
Past year nonmedical users of prescription-type psychotherapeutic drugs are asked how they obtained the drugs they recently used nonmedically. Rates averaged for 2007 and 2008 show that over half of the nonmedical users of prescription-type pain relievers, tranquilizers, stimulants, and sedatives aged 12 or older said they got the drugs they used most recently "from a friend or relative for free." In a follow-up question, the majority of these respondents indicated that their friend or relative had obtained the drugs from one doctor.
In 2005, 32.8 percent of teens aged 12 to 17 reported that they had attended religious services 25 or more times in the past year; 76.9 percent expressed agreement with the statement that religious beliefs are a very important part of their lives; 67.9 percent agreed with the statement that religious beliefs influence how they make decisions in life; and 34.9 percent agreed with the statement that it is important for their friends to share their religious beliefs. Findings for these measures remained stable from 2004 to 2005. Illegal drug, alcohol, and cigarette use were lower among teens who agreed with these statements than among those who disagreed. For example, past month illegal drug use was reported by 7.7 percent of those who agreed that religious beliefs are a very important part of life compared with 17.2 percent of those who disagreed with that statement.