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10 Percent of Americans Admit to Illicit Drug Use

Posted 4 Sep 2014 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 4, 2014 – Nearly 10 percent of Americans aged 12 and older were illicit drug users in 2013, and almost 20 million said they used marijuana, making it the most widely used drug, U.S. health officials reported Thursday. Two states, Colorado and Washington, permit the recreational use of marijuana. The new study findings are from a government report outlining the extent of substance use and mental illness in the nation. The report is based on an analysis of data from the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. It also found that 4.5 million Americans aged 12 and older said they were current (past month) nonmedical users of prescription pain relievers, 1.5 million were cocaine users, 595,000 were methamphetamine users and 289,000 were heroin users. Almost 23 million Americans aged 12 and older required treatment for drug or alcohol use, but only 2.5 million received ... Read more

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