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Xanax has always been recommended for short term use, but the large majority of the individuals that use it report taking it on a daily basis.
In 2005, teens who had MDE during the past year were more likely to report daily cigarette use in comparison with those who did not have MDE during the past year (5.3 vs. 2.5 percent).
Among persons aged 12 or older who used pain relievers nonmedically in the past 12 months, 56.5 percent reported that the source of the drug the most recent time they used was from a friend or relative for free. Another 18.1 percent reported they got the drug from just one doctor. Only 4.1 percent got the pain relievers from a drug dealer or other stranger, and 0.5 percent reported buying the drug on the Internet. Among those who reported getting the pain reliever from a friend or relative for free, 81.0 percent reported in a follow-up question that the friend or relative had obtained the drugs from just one doctor.
Among adults aged 26 or older, 5.9 percent were current illegal drug users in 2008. In this age group, 4.2 percent used marijuana, and 1.9 percent used prescription type drugs nonmedically. Less than 1 percent used cocaine (0.7 percent), hallucinogens (0.1 percent), heroin (0.1 percent), and inhalants (0.1 percent). The only significant change between 2007 and 2008 in the rates of past month use among adults in this age group involved crack, which decreased from 0.3 to 0.2 percent. In addition, the rates of past year nonmedical use declined for psychotherapeutic drugs overall (from 4.9 percent in 2007 to 4.4 percent in 2008), sedatives (from 0.3 to 0.2 percent), and methamphetamine (from 0.4 to 0.3 percent). However, increases occurred in lifetime use of hallucinogens (from 14.2 percent in 2007 to 15.2 percent in 2008) and lifetime nonmedical use of pain relievers (from 11.8 to 12.7 percent).
The intensity of opiate withdrawal symptoms depends on the dose and speed of withdrawal. Short-acting opiates, like heroin, tend to produce more intense but briefer symptoms.
Demand for safrole, a substance used in the manufacture of Ecstasy, is causing rapid and illegal harvesting of the tree which produces this substance in Southeast Asia, in particular the Cardamom Mountains in Cambodia.