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Interesting Facts and Statistics:
Heroin is a highly addictive drug, and its use is a serious problem in America. Current estimates suggest that nearly 600,000 people need treatment for heroin addiction. Recent studies suggest a shift from injecting heroin to snorting or smoking because of increased purity and the misconception that these forms of use will not lead to addiction.
In 2006, adults aged 18 or older with MDE in the past year were more likely than those without MDE to have used an illegal drug in the past year (27.7 vs. 12.9 percent). A similar pattern was observed for specific types of past year illegal drug use, such as marijuana, cocaine, hallucinogens, inhalants, and the nonmedical use of prescription type psychotherapeutics.
Opiates act in several areas of the brain that are involved in interpreting pain messages and in subjective responses to pain. The opiates don't block the pain messages themselves. Rather, they change the subjective experience of the pain. A person using opiates for pain may say that they still feel the pain but that it doesn't bother them anymore.
In 2008, an estimated 12.4 percent of persons aged 12 or older drove under the influence of alcohol at least once in the past year. This percentage has dropped since 2002, when it was 14.2 percent. The 2008 estimate corresponds to 30.9 million persons.
An extremely large percentage of individuals that are unemployed are using an illegal drug, according to a recent government survey.
States in the Northeast (Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont) and the West (Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington) had the lowest rates of perceived great risk of using marijuana occasionally (once a month) among persons aged 12 or older. Only about 27 percent of all persons aged 12 or older in Washington thought that occasional use was a great risk (Table B.4). Eight of the States having the lowest perceived risks also had rates in the highest fifth for past month marijuana use for persons aged 12 or older. Similarly, of the 10 States indicating the highest perceived risk of occasional marijuana use among persons aged 12 or older, five had past month marijuana use rates that were in the lowest fifth (Alabama, Georgia, Iowa, Mississippi, and Texas).