Current Drug Policy Trends

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What is the Current Drug Policy Trends?

And why is it such a trend

Jul 27th, 2015

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  • Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug. It is used by 75 percent of current illicit drug users.
  • About 10.4 million persons 12 to 20 years of age reported drinking alcohol in the month prior to the survey interview in 1999 (29.4 percent of this age group).
  • The rates of current illicit drug use for major racial/ethnic groups were 6.6 percent for whites, 6.8 percent for Hispanics, and 7.7 percent for blacks. The rate was highest among the American Indian/Alaska Native population (10.6 percent) and among persons reporting multiple race (11.2 percent). Asians had the lowest rate (3.2 percent).
  • In 1999 an estimated 3.6 million Americans (1.6 percent of the total population age 12 and older) were dependent on illicit drugs. An estimated 8.2 million Americans were dependent on alcohol (3.7 percent). Of these, 1.5 million people were dependent on both alcohol and illicit drugs. Overall, an estimated 10.3 million people were dependent on either alcohol or illicit drugs (4.7 percent).
  • An estimated 2.8 million people (1.3 percent of the population age 12 and older) received some kind of drug or alcohol treatment in the 12 months prior to being interviewed in 1999. Of this group, 1.6 million (0.7 percent) received treatment for illicit drugs, and 2.3 million (1.0 percent) received treatment for alcohol.

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