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Crystal methamphetamine typically resembles small fragments of shiny whit pebbles and rocks in a variety of different sizes.
The recreational use of "bath salts" can cause side effects such as anxiety, chest pain, profuse sweating, palpitations and a feeling of "paranoia and impending doom."
The percentage of teens aged 12 to 17 indicating great risk in smoking marijuana once a month increased from 32.4 percent in 2002 to 34.7 percent in 2006. The percentage of teens aged 12 to 17 perceiving great risk in smoking marijuana once or twice a week also increased from 51.5 percent in 2002 to 54.2 percent in 2006.
Prior to 1970, the majority of marijuana initiates each year were young adults aged 18 to 25 years. Since 1972, the number of new users among teens aged 12 to 17 years has been uniformly greater than among young adults. The number of marijuana initiates among 12 to 17 year olds steadily increased from 0.8 million in 1990 to a plateau of 1.6 million per year between 1996 and 2000. Incidence among 18 to 25 year olds has generally held steady since 1990, ranging between 0.5 and 0.8 million initiates per year.
Estimates of past month use of any illegal drug ranged from a low of 6.1 percent in Iowa to a high of 12.4 percent in the District of Columbia for all persons aged 12 or older. As was indicated in Chapter 1, the 2002 model-based estimates are not comparable with estimates for 2001 and prior years owing to the new methodological improvements.
As a percentage of those aged 12 to 17 who had not used marijuana prior to the past year, the youth marijuana initiation rate in 2008 (5.6 percent) was similar to the rate in 2007 (5.2 percent).