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The United States of Drug Addicts

The United States of In a country of increasing drug addiction, more than half of DRUG ADDICTS all Americans aged 12 and older drink alcohol, with more than 25% of that figure binge drinking. Another 30 million use or abuse recreational drugs and prescription medications. *DEPRESSA NTS TOBACCO Reduce the function of LEGAL DRUGS Cigarettes and cigars contain nicotine, which is a highly addictive the central nervous system, including GHB, Valium and Xanax. stimulant. DRUG TYPES A drug alters the way the body and brain function. They are both life-saving products and highly addictive substances when used in the ANTIDEPRESSANTS STEROIDS Prescription meds that treat depression and mood disorders, including Tricyclics, Paxil and Prozac. Used in medicine to reduce inflammation in wrong way. the body. ALCOHOL BARBITURATES A depressant and Used in sedation and anesthesia common social experience that too by depressing the nervous system. Increased tolerance requires larger doses that can lead to abuse. *Drug types that contain both legal and illegal substances often leads to alcohol dependency. **NA RCOTICS *ANABOLIC STEROIDS Technically substances derived from opiates, includes morphine and Used to build muscle mass and strength and can be dangerous when used without heroine. CLASSIFICATION prescription. OF DRUGS The dividing line between prescription and recreational drugs is not always clear, as they often include similar ingredients in different dosages. The abuse of prescription drugs changes a legal substance to illegal just by its intended use. HALLUCINOGENS *INHALANTS Produce sensory hallucinations involving any of the 5 senses. Includes LCD, PCP and Drugs that are inhaled in the form of a gas or solvent, Includes the abuse of common products like nail polish and gasoline. Peyote. *STIMULA NTS ILLEGAL DRUGS **CANNA BIS Marijuana use has been legalized in Boost alertness and increase activity of the central nervous system. Includes amphetamines **Illegal drug types that are legal by prescription in some states certain states by prescription because of its psychoactive effects. and cocaine. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION GENERAL STATISTICS In 2009, it was estimated that 22.5 million Americans aged 12 or older were classified as substance PERCENTAGE OF DRUG USERS DURING THE PAST MONTH IN AMERICA AGED 12 AND OLDER dependent or substance abusers. illicit Drugs Marijuana 8.7% of Americans aged 12 or older have used an illicit drug in the past month. Illicit drugs Psychotherapeutics Cocaine Hallucinogens 8.7 8.3 8.2 8.1 8.3 8.0 8.0 Dependent use of marijuana as a pain reliever has increased from 1.5 to 1.9 7.9 Marijuana million. 6.6 6.2 6.2 6.1 6.1 One third of first-time 6.0 6.0 5.8 Psychotherapeutics illicit drug users started with prescription psychotherapeutics nonmedically. The abuse and Cocaine dependency of cocaine has declined from 1.5 to 1.1 million. 2.9 2.8 2.8 2.7 2.7 2.5 2.7 2.5 1.0 1.0 1.0 0.9 0.8 0.8 0.7 |0.5 -00.7 00.5 0.4 0.4 0.4 0.4 0.4 2.1% of first-time Hallucinogens illicit drug users pick hallucinogens as their first drug. 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 LEGAL DRUGS STATISTICS ILLEGAL DRUGS STATISTICS DRUG ABUSE millions of users 20 (past month) Illicit drug use in adults aged 50-59 15,400,000 15 increased from 2.7% to 6.2% in 2009 with the aging of the baby boomer 10 - 7,000,000 generation. In 2009, 69.7 million 4,300,000 3.900,000 1,900,000 Americans 1,100,000 were frequent tobacco users. DRUG ABUSE AMONG TEENAGERS Prescription drugs are the drug of choice among In the past year, illicit drug use among 12-17 year olds has increased from 9.3% to 10%. teenagers. 2.i million abuse prescription drugs. 11.6% of youths used tobacco products, with 8.9% smoking cigarettes. 49.9% of youths described obtaining marijuana as "very easy". 14.7% of youths drink alcohol with 8.8% of those binging. 85.5% of 2009's 4.6 million Inhalants Ecstasy first-time drinkers were under the age of 21. DRUG-RELATED EMERGENCIES - 2009 Emergency room visits related to the non-medical use of Emergency room visits related to the use of illicit drugs. 41.4% 21.2% pharmaceuticals and alcohol. 1.2 million visits were due to non-medical 4.6 million visits were due to illicit drugs. pharmaceuticals or dietary supplements. Sources: | | | | criminal justice USA Information provided by: негоin Meth Cocaine Marijuana Sedatives Tranquilizers Pain Relievers

The United States of Drug Addicts

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Some people will disagree about including alcohol or smoking on here (or maybe even medical marijuana), but this provides some interesting statistics especially around the abuse of prescription drugs ...


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