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Interesting Facts and Statistics:
Among teens aged 12 to 17, the types of drugs used in the past month varied by age group. Among 12 or 13 year olds, 2.0 percent used prescription-type drugs nonmedically, 1.2 percent used inhalants, and 0.9 percent used marijuana. Among 14 or 15 year olds, marijuana was the dominant drug used (5.8 percent), followed by prescription-type drugs used nonmedically (3.1 percent), and then by inhalants (1.7 percent). Marijuana also was the most commonly used drug among 16 or 17 year olds (13.0 percent), followed by prescription-type drugs used nonmedically (4.7 percent), and then by hallucinogens (1.3 percent), inhalants (1.1 percent), and cocaine (0.8 percent).
The Food and Drug Administration have reported that Xanax need to be considered to be habit forming.
In 2008, about half (49.2 percent) of the teens aged 12 to 17 reported that it would be "fairly easy" or "very easy" for them to obtain marijuana if they wanted some. One in seven (13.0 percent) indicated that heroin would be "fairly" or "very" easily available, and 13.8 percent reported so for LSD. Between 2002 and 2008, there were decreases in the perceived easy availability of marijuana (from 55.0 to 49.2 percent), cocaine (from 25.0 to 22.1 percent), crack (from 26.5 to 23.2 percent), LSD (from 19.4 to 13.8 percent), and heroin (from 15.8 to 13.0 percent). The perceived availability of the following illegal drugs declined between 2007 and 2008: cocaine from 24.5 to 22.1 percent; crack from 25.3 to 23.2 percent; and heroin from 14.1 to 13.0 percent. However, the perceived availability of marijuana and LSD did not change significantly during the 2 year period.
It is a common practice of someone abusing OxyContin to crush up OxyContin pills and snort them to get high, getting a hefty dose of opiate all at once.
The percentages of teens reporting binge alcohol use and use of cigarettes and marijuana in the past month were lower among those who perceived great risk in using these substances than among those who did not perceive great risk. For example, in 2006, 6.0 percent of teens aged 12 to 17 who perceived great risk from "having 5 or more drinks of an alcoholic beverage once or twice a week" reported binge drinking in the past month (consumption of five or more drinks of an alcoholic beverage on a single occasion on at least 1 day in the past 30 days); by contrast, past month binge drinking was reported by 13.2 percent of teens who saw moderate, slight, or no risk from having five or more drinks of an alcoholic beverage once or twice a week . Past month marijuana use was reported by 1.5 percent of teens who saw great risk in smoking marijuana once a month compared with 9.5 percent of teens who saw moderate, slight, or no risk.
From 2002 to 2008, there was an increase among young adults aged 18 to 25 in the rate of current nonmedical use of prescription pain relievers (from 4.1 to 4.6 percent) and in LSD (from 0.1 to 0.3 percent). There were decreases in the use of inhalants (from 0.5 to 0.3 percent) and methamphetamine (from 0.6 to 0.2 percent).