Drug Addiction

Top Ten Facts to Know

10.According to TEDS, there were 1.8 million admissions in 2008 for treatment of alcohol and drug abuse to facilities that report to State administrative data systems.

"DrugFacts: Treatment Statistics." DrugFacts: Treatment Statistics. National Institute on Drug Abuse, n.d. Web. 01 May 2015.

9. About 60 percent of admissions were White, 21 percent were African-American, and 14 percent were Hispanic or Latino.

"DrugFacts: Treatment Statistics." DrugFacts: Treatment Statistics. National Institute on Drug Abuse, n.d. Web. 01 May 2015.

8. 23.5 million persons aged 12 or older needed treatment for an illicit drug or alcohol abuse problem in 2009

"DrugFacts: Treatment Statistics." DrugFacts: Treatment Statistics. National Institute on Drug Abuse, n.d. Web. 01 May 2015.

7. This includes approximately $193 billion for illicit drugs, $193 billion for tobacco, and $235 billion for alcohol.

"DrugFacts: Understanding Drug Abuse and Addiction." DrugFacts: Understanding Drug Abuse and Addiction. National Institute on Drug Abuse, n.d. Web. 01 May 2015.

6.Every day in the US, 2,500 youth (12 to 17) abuse a prescription pain reliever for the first time.

"Prescription Drug Abuse Statistics - Overdoses & Deaths - Drug-Free World." Prescription Drug Abuse Statistics - Overdoses & Deaths - Drug-Free World. FOUNDATION FOR A DRUG-FREE WORLD, n.d. Web. 01 May 2015.

5. By the 8th grade, 28% of adolescents have consumed alcohol, 15% have smoked cigarettes, and 16.5% have used marijuana.

"11 Facts About Teens And Drug Use." 11 Facts About Teens And Drug Use. Do Something.org, n.d. Web. 01 May 2015.

4.The United States represents 5% of the world's population and 75% of prescription drugs taken. 60% of teens who abuse prescription drugs get them free from friends and relatives.

"11 Facts About Teens And Drug Use." 11 Facts About Teens And Drug Use. Do Something.org, n.d. Web. 01 May 2015.

3. 1/3 of teenagers who live in states with medical marijuana laws get their pot from other people's prescriptions

"11 Facts About Teens And Drug Use." 11 Facts About Teens And Drug Use. Do Something.org, n.d. Web. 01 May 2015.

2. 60% of seniors don't see regular marijana use as harmful, but THC (the active ingredient in the drug that causes addiction) is nearly 5 times stronger than it was 20 years ago

"11 Facts About Teens And Drug Use." 11 Facts About Teens And Drug Use. Do Something.org, n.d. Web. 01 May 2015.

1. In 2013, more high school seniors regularly used marijuana than cigarettes as 22.7% smoked pot in the last month, compared to 16.3% who smoked cigarette

"11 Facts About Teens And Drug Use." 11 Facts About Teens And Drug Use. Do Something.org, n.d. Web. 01 May 2015.