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Interesting Facts and Statistics:
Desperate opiate users may resort to grinding up morphine pills and injecting the dissolved material. This risky practice can result in vascular inflammation and permanent damage, as pill particles may also lodge in a small vessel, blocking off the supply to areas of the body.
The rate of substance dependence or abuse for boys aged 12 or older in 2008 was nearly twice as high as the rate for girls (11.5 vs. 6.4 percent). Among teens aged 12 to 17, however, the rate of substance dependence or abuse was higher among girls than boys (8.2 vs. 7.0 percent).
According to a 2006 survey, approximately 20.4 million Americans aged 12 or older were current (past month) illegal opiate users, meaning they had used an illegal opiate during the month prior to the survey interview.
Recent treatment data indicates marijuana accounted for 17 percent of admissions (322,000) to treatment facilities in the United States in 2008, second only to opiates among illegal substances.
Studies show that marijuana users have a 4.8-fold increase in the risk of heart attack in the first hour after smoking the drug.
An estimated 3,091,000 U.S. residents aged 12 and older have used heroin at least once in their lifetime.