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Interesting Facts and Statistics:
In 2008, the rate of current illegal drug use among persons aged 12 or older was higher in metropolitan areas than in nonmetropolitan areas. The rates were 8.5 percent in large metropolitan counties, 8.1 percent in small metropolitan counties, and 6.3 percent in nonmetropolitan counties as a group. Within nonmetropolitan areas, the rate was 7.2 percent in urbanized counties, 5.6 percent in less urbanized counties, and 6.1 percent in completely rural counties.
Various combinations of over-the-counter stimulants are often misrepresented as "speed" or are sold in capsules that resemble those of legally manufactured amphetamines; these are called "look-alike" stimulants. Deaths due to stroke have been reported following massive doses of look-alike combinations.
When the myelin sheath that covers nerve fibers is damaged by inhalant use, an individual can experience muscle spasms, tremors, and difficulty walking and talking.
Drug abuse side effects from legal and illegal drugs can range from mild symptoms to comas and even death. In addition to the physical side effects that are related to substance abuse, there are many psychological side effects of drug abuse, the most serious symptoms being drug addiction and overdose.
Teens aged 12 to 17 were asked a number of questions related to the extent of support, oversight, and control that they perceived their parents exercised over them in the year prior to the survey. In 2008, among teens aged 12 to 17 enrolled in school in the past year, 79.3 percent reported that in the past year their parents always or sometimes checked on whether or not they had completed their homework, and 70.2 percent reported that their parents limited the amount of time that they spent out with friends on school nights. Both of these rates reported in 2008 were similar to those reported in 2007 and remained statistically unchanged from the rates reported in 2002. However, in 2008, 80.0 percent reported that their parents always or sometimes provided help with their homework, which was similar to the rate in 2007 (80.9 percent) but was lower than the rate in 2002 (81.4 percent).
Among teens aged 12 to 17, there were 1.2 million (4.8 percent) who needed treatment for an illegal drug use problem in 2006. Of this group, only 136,000 received treatment at a specialty facility (11.2 percent of teens aged 12 to 17 who needed treatment), leaving 1.1 million teens who needed treatment but did not receive it at a specialty facility.