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Data has shown that people high on marijuana show the same lack of coordination on standard "drunk driver" tests as do people who have had to much to drink.
The number of persons aged 12 or older initiating use of smokeless tobacco in the past year was higher in 2005 (1.1 million) than in 2002 (951,000) and 2003 (928,000), but it was similar to the number in 2004 (999,000). Three quarters (74.6 percent) of new initiates in 2005 were male, and more than half (53.9 percent) were under age 18 when they first used.
The most recent studies that were related to chronic meth abuse have additionally revealed severe structural changes in areas of the brain that are associated with emotion and memory; this may account for many of the cognitive problems that are commonly observed in chronic meth users.
The main categories of prescription drug abuse and drug rehab addiction treatment are behavioral and pharmacological. Behavioral treatments teach individuals how to function without abusing prescription drugs , how to handle cravings, and how to avoid the situations that could lead to drug use in order to prevent a relapse, and how to handle a relapse should it occur. When delivered effectively, behavioral treatments - such as individual counseling, group or family counseling, and cognitive-behavioral therapies, they can help patients improve their personal relationships and ability to function successfully in their lives.
Nationally in 2002.2003, about 3.0 percent of persons aged 12 or older were dependent on or had abused illegal drugs in the past year. The District of Columbia had the highest rate of past year illegal drug dependence or abuse (4.0 percent) among persons aged 12 or older, and Kansas had the lowest rate (2.5 percent). Most of the States in the highest fifth were in the West (four States) or the Northeast (four States). The highest rates for past year illegal drug dependence or abuse occurred in the 18 to 25 age group, with Rhode Island having the highest rate (12.7 percent) (Table B.16).
Nationally in 2002.2003, 7.6 percent of the population aged 12 or older were classified with dependence on or abuse of alcohol in the past year. Persons aged 18 to 25 had the highest rate of alcohol dependence or abuse (17.4 percent) in the Nation (Table B.14).