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Did You Know? ...
Interesting Facts and Statistics:
The number of persons with substance dependence or abuse was stable between 2002 and 2006 (22.0 million in 2002, 21.6 million in 2003, 22.5 million in 2004, 22.2 million in 2005, and 22.6 million in 2006). In 2006, 18.8 million persons aged 12 or older were classified with dependence on or abuse of alcohol (7.6 percent), which has remained unchanged since 2002.
People use drugs for many reasons, such as: curiosity or experimentation, peer pressure, for a sense of relaxation or for the numbing effect that helps to ease physical or emotional pain.
Approximately 97.3% of the federal offenders sentenced for heroin related charges in 2008 involved trafficking and 0.8% of cases involved simple possession.
Children that are from families with substance-abusing parents are much more likely to have problems with poor school performance and emotional difficulties than their peers from sober homes.
Contrary to earlier belief high dose use of cocaine can be detected as long as 10 to 22 days after last use.
Various combinations of over-the-counter stimulants are often misrepresented as "speed" or are sold in capsules that resemble those of legally manufactured amphetamines; these are called "look-alike" stimulants. Deaths due to stroke have been reported following massive doses of look-alike combinations.