Monday, March 21, 2016

Illicit Drug Use Increasing

This week I’ll provide some comments and resources for those who have asked about illicit drug use. According to SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) for 2014: 27.0 million people aged 12 or older used an illicit drug in the past 30 days, which corresponds to about 1 in 10 Americans (10.2 %), higher than the percentage in every year from 2002 through 2013. That included 22.2 million current marijuana users aged 12 or older (can double their risk of being in a car accident); 473,000 young adults who used cocaine, including 29,000 who used crack (after just one use cocaine can rewire the brain and drastically affect decision-making); and about 435,000 people aged 12 or older were current heroin users (a dangerous and highly addictive opiod with no accepted medical use in the USA). The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) reported highest rates of dependence to lowest; the top three listed: Heroin, Crack, and Marijuana.

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