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Marijuana is the most commonly
used illicit drug. It is used by 75 percent of current illicit drug
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
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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