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In more hopeful news, a recent survey of high school juniors and seniors found that 78% felt that heroin was "too great a risk" to try.
An appreciable tolerance to cocaine high may develop, and many addicts report that they seek but fail to achieve as much pleasure as they did from their first exposure.
Adults aged 21 or older who had first used alcohol before age 21 were more likely than adults who had their first drink at age 21 or older to be classified with alcohol dependence or abuse (9.6 vs. 2.1 percent).
In the 18 to 25 age group, the rate of past month use of these drugs was highest in Rhode Island (13.4 percent); among teens, the rate was highest in Arizona (7.2 percent) (Table B.6). Only Colorado and Kentucky were in the top fifth in all three age groups and for all persons aged 12 or older.
It is commonly known that some of the most powerful prescription medications have been marketed aggressively; clinicians need to realize that an individual does not need a powerful opiate for every headache.
In 2006, current cigarette smoking among teens aged 12 to 17 and young adults aged 18 to 25 was more prevalent among whites than blacks (12.4 vs. 6.0 percent for teens and 44.4 vs. 27.5 percent for young adults). Among adults aged 26 or older, however, whites and blacks used cigarettes at about the same rate (24.9 and 27.2 percent, respectively). The rates for Hispanics were 8.2 percent among teens, 28.8 percent among young adults, and 23.6 percent among those aged 26 or older.