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If patients under the influence of bath salts are able to be controlled by the use of powerful antipsychotic medications, when the drugs wear off, the individuals are psychotic upon awakening.
Opiates can be taken by mouth, smoked, or snorted, although addicts often prefer intravenous injection, which gives the strongest, quickest pleasure.
Heroin overdose takes the lives of many users each year. It is not a surprise that those who abuse heroin are at an increased risk of death. Their excess mortality rate ranges between six to twenty times their peers who are of the same age and gender and have not abused heroin. The causes of this excess mortality are manifold, including HIV/AIDS, hepatitis and violence. Despite the HIV pandemic among injecting drug users, deaths attributed to overdose remain a major cause of mortality for heroin users, and in many countries is the leading cause of death. Typically, boys are the most predominant casualties of a heroin overdose. With around 80% of heroin overdose deaths reported being male.
As of 2009, an estimated 760,000 people in the United States aged 12 or older used Ecstasy in the month prior to being surveyed.
Past-month marijuana use among 12-to 17-year-olds climbed 9 percent from 2008 (6.7%) to 2009 (7.3).
The rate of substance dependence or abuse for boys aged 12 or older in 2008 was nearly twice as high as the rate for girls (11.5 vs. 6.4 percent). Among teens aged 12 to 17, however, the rate of substance dependence or abuse was higher among girls than boys (8.2 vs. 7.0 percent).