Drug Abuse Stats

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1.5 Million People Are Arrested for Drug Related Violations In the United States Every Year

Drug use among people of various groups (age, military personnel, prison inmates, etc.) has been surveyed for years as a way to estimate the increase and decrease of illicit drug use. Illicit drugs include marijuana, heroin, cocaine, Ecstasy, amphetamines, hallucinogenic drugs, tranquilizers, inhalants and other types of narcotics.

The following are some recent drug use statistics for the United States:

  • 1.5 million people were arrested for drug related violations.
  • More than 11% of children between 12 and 17 had used (and were currently using) illegal drugs.
  • Over 70% of people between the ages of 12 and 25 used inhalants to become intoxicated.
  • Over 12,000,000 people over the age of 12 admitted to using methamphetamines one or more times in their lives.
  • Almost 2 million people over 12 years old used the prescription drug OxyContin for a non-medical purpose.
  • Over 3.5 million people 12 and over reported to using heroin at least once in their lives.
  • Approximately 15% of adults 18-25 admitted to using MDMA (Ecstasy) one or more times in their lives.
  • There were more than 21,000 reported fatalities that resulted from drug use.
  • 1/3 of all drug related fatality victims were females.
  • Almost 10% of all drug sales and drug manufacturing arrests involved cocaine or heroin.

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