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The Facts of Drug and Alcohol Addiction

THE FACTS OF

DRUG AND ALCOHOL

ADDICTION



ILLICIT DRUG USE



21.8 MILLION

AMERICANS

12 or older use illicit drugs each month



7 MILLION

AMERICANS

use psychotherapeutic drugs

non-medically each year



67.5%

OF NEW

illicit drug users begin

with marijuana



40%

OF HIGH SCHOOL

seniors smoke marijuana

each year



MOST COMMONLY

ABUSED MEDICATIONS:



PAIN RELIEVERS 5.1 MILLION

TRANQUILIZERS 2.2 MILLION

STIMULANTS 1.1 MILLION

SEDATIVES 0.4 MILLION



ALCOHOL ABUSE

13 MILLION

AMERICANS

suffer from some form

of alcohol addiction



BINGE DRINK

30% OF MEN

13.9% OF WOMEN



DRINK HEAVILY

9.1% OF MEN

2.6% OF WOMEN



DEMOGRAPHICS



DRUG ABUSE RATES

ARE HIGHEST AMONG



MEN



INDIVIDUALS

AGES 18-44



PEOPLE WHO

HAVE NEVER

MARRIED



THERE ARE 8,400

NEW DRUG USERS

EACH DAY



18



51%

of new drug users

are under age 18



COMPARED

with teens in large cities,

teens in rural areas are:



83%

MORE LIKELY

t use crack cocaine



50%

MORE LIKELY

to use amphetamines



34%

MORE LIKELY

to smoke marijuana



ADULTS WHO

FIRST USE DRUGS

at a younger age are more likely

to be classified with illicit drug

dependence or abuse



13%

OF ADULTS

who first tried

marijuana at age 14

or younger experience

drug dependence



2.8%

OF ADULTS

who first tried

marijuana at age 18

or older experience

drug dependence



GETTING TREATMENT

ONLY 1 IN 10

DRUG ADDICTS

SEEK TREATMENT



OVER 94%

OF ADDICTS

don't think they need treatment



LONGER

treatment times result

in better outcomes



AT LEAST

3 MONTHS

of treatment is needed

to effectively reduce

or stop drug use

The Facts of Drug and Alcohol Addiction

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