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Young adults aged 18 to 25 had the highest rate of current use of a tobacco product (43.9 percent) and of each specific product compared with teens aged 12 to 17 and adults aged 26 or older. In 2006, the rates of past month use among young adults were 38.4 percent for cigarettes, 12.1 percent for cigars, 5.2 percent for smokeless tobacco, and 1.3 percent for pipe tobacco. The rate of current use of a tobacco product by young adults decreased from 2002 to 2006 (45.3 vs. 43.9 percent), as did the rate of cigarette use (40.8 vs. 38.4 percent). However, the rate of current use of cigars by young adults was higher in 2006 than in 2002 (12.1 vs. 11.0 percent).
On the psychological level, the study cites a number of research reports indicating many heroin addicts also suffer from psychiatric disorders, including depression, antisocial personality disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Methadone is an opioid that is classified with drugs such as opium and morphine. Methadone is highly addictive and the drug does have serious potential for abuse.
The Drug Abuse Warning Network reports that cocaine-related emergency room visits, after increasing 78 percent between 1990 and 1994, remained level between 1994 and 1996, with 152,433 cocaine-related episodes reported in 1996.
Since passage of the 2006 Patriot Act which controls public access to pseudoephedrine, limits quantities, and requires identification to purchase the medicine, the number of homemade meth labs has been reduced significantly. The US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) estimates that 75% of all methamphetamine available in the U.S. today is produced in "super labs" operated by Mexican drug trafficking organizations.
The increased illegal use of OxyContin has led to the manufacture of "fake" OxyContin pills all over North America.