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The drug abuse statistics in the United States are harrowing and humbling. There is an epidemic of drug abuse in our country and the majorities of people don’t recognize it, ignore it, or have no clue it exists. The costs of drug abuse in the form of lives, health, and even money is massive. Drug abuse costs our country, monetarily, around 600 billion dollars a year. This number is due to the costs related to crime, lost work productivity and healthcare.

The Drug Abuse Statistics in Teens

The rates of drug abuse only continue to rise especially amongst high school seniors.

  • This rise in drug abuse is attributed to the popularity of marijuana. Marijuana use by teens declined from the late 1990s into t he mid or late 2000s but is now back on the rise. In 2012, 6.5 percent of 8th graders, 17% of 10th graders, and 22.9% of 12th graders used marijuana in the past month. The daily use of marijuana has also increased.
  • Synthetic marijuana is also a concern in today’s drug world. Synthetic marijuana, which is also known as, Spice or K2, synthetic marijuana is an herbal mixture laced with synthetic cannabinoids, which act similarly to THC, the main active ingredient in marijuana. Synthetic marijuana was added to the survey by NIDA in 2011. In that year alone 11% of 12th graders (1 in 9) used it in the past year. This year 4% of 8th graders, nearly 9% of 10th graders and 11% of 12th graders reported past year use.
  • Non-medical use of prescription drugs is also a HUGE part of the drug abuse problem as well.

In 2012, 14.8% of high school seniors had used a prescription drug for non-medical reasons in the past year. The data shows that the most commonly abused prescription drugs by teens are Adderall and Vicodin.

The Drug Abuse Statistics in Adults

  • The Drug Abuse Statistics in Adults are just as, if not, worse than the numbers for teenagers. For instance, in 2010 there was an estimated 22.6 million people in the United States over the age of 12 that were current or former illicit drug abusers within the last month. This means that almost 10% of the population was abusing drugs. 
  • Marijuana of course was the most commonly abused illegal drug. There were about 17.4 million people who used it in t he past month when the survey was done. From 2007 to 2010 the numbers increased to 14.4 million to 17.4 million.
  • There are over six million children in America who are living with at least one parent that has a drug addiction.

  • Since 1980, the number of deaths related to drug overdoses has risen over 540 percent.

  • Baltimore has more per capita individuals living with heroin addiction than any other state in the United States.
  • Since 1990, the number of individuals who take prescription drugs illegally is believed to have risen by over 500 percent.

If someone you or someone you know is suffering from drug abuse please don’t hesitate to call us at Addiction Intervention Now. We can offer you a free assessment and help you stop the drug abuse in it’s tracks. Call Us at: (866) 683 8833