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Interesting Facts and Statistics:
In 2006, an estimated 72.9 million Americans aged 12 or older were current (past month) users of a tobacco product. This represents 29.6 percent of the population in that age range. In addition, 61.6 million persons (25.0 percent of the population) were current cigarette smokers; 13.7 million (5.6 percent) smoked cigars; 8.2 million (3.3 percent) used smokeless tobacco; and 2.3 million (0.9 percent) smoked tobacco in pipes.
Underage drinkers were more likely than persons aged 21 or older to use illegal drugs within 2 hours of alcohol use on their last reported drinking occasion (17.4 vs. 4.6 percent, respectively). The most commonly reported illegal drug used by underage drinkers in combination with alcohol was marijuana, which was used within 2 hours of alcohol use by 16.5 percent of current underage drinkers (1.6 million persons) on their last drinking occasion.
Rates for current alcohol use were 59.3 percent for full-time employed adults aged 18 or older in 2001 compared with 52.5 percent of their unemployed peers. However, the patterns were different for binge and heavy alcohol use; rates were higher for unemployed persons (30.2 and 10.4 percent, respectively, for binge and heavy use) than for full-time employed persons (26.2 and 7.2 percent, respectively).
Marijuana use can cause distorted perceptions, impaired coordination, difficulty in thinking and problem solving, and problems with learning and memory.
THC, the main active ingredient in marijuana, acts upon specific sites in the brain called cannabinoid receptors, triggering a series of cellular reactions that ultimately lead to the ?high? users experience when they smoke marijuana.
During 2006, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a Public Health Advisory about methadone use for pain relief; this was entitled "Methadone Use for Pain Control May Result in Death and Life-Threatening Changes in Breathing and Heart Beat." The advisory went on to say that "the FDA has received many reports of death and life-threatening side effects in patients that have taken Methadone as prescribed by their physicians for pain relief.