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After the state of Louisiana reported more than 150 poison control cases ? and at least three or more deaths ? linked to the chemicals in ?bath salts,? Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal banned the chemical ingredients in the stimulants in an emergency executive in May of 2011.
Past month illegal drug use also was associated with the level of past month alcohol use. Among teens aged 12 to 17 in 2005 who were heavy drinkers (i.e., drank five or more drinks on the same occasion [i.e., at the same time or within a couple of hours of each other] on each of 5 or more days in the past 30 days), 59.9 percent also were current illegal drug users, which was higher than among nondrinkers (5.0 percent).
Although there is a high correlation between State prevalence rates for past month alcohol use and binge use of alcohol, only six States in the top fifth for use of alcohol among persons aged 12 or older also were in the top fifth for binge alcohol use. Similarly, eight States ranked in the lowest fifth for past month alcohol use in that age group also were ranked in the lowest fifth for binge use of alcohol.
Ambien abuse should be taken very seriously and treated like any other type of substance abuse. The proper counseling needs to be obtained in order to get help for this problem and to keep it from becoming life threatening.
Marijuana was the illegal drug with the highest rate of past year dependence or abuse in 2008, followed by pain relievers and cocaine. Of the 7.0 million persons aged 12 or older classified with dependence on or abuse of illegal drugs in 2008, 4.2 million were dependent on or abused marijuana or hashish (representing 1.7 percent of the total population aged 12 or older, and 60.1 percent of all those classified with illegal drug dependence or abuse), 1.7 million persons were classified with dependence on or abuse of pain relievers, and 1.4 million persons were classified with dependence on or abuse of cocaine. None of these estimates changed significantly between 2007 and 2008 or between 2002 and 2008.
In the 12 to 17 age group, the estimated percentage of those identified as having an alcohol abuse or dependence problem ranged from 3.1 percent in the District of Columbia to 9.9 percent in Montana. Among persons aged 18 to 25, the lowest percentage was found in California (13.4 percent) and the highest State percentage was in Nebraska (27.2 percent). Only Montana and Nebraska were in the highest fifth for the 12 to 17, 18 to 25, and 26 or older age groups.