Drug Use Knows No Boundaries
All regions and all types of communities show high levels of drug use.
Thirty-four percent of non-metropolitan area high school seniors reported illicit
drug use in the previous year.
Thirty-nine percent of metropolitan area seniors reported illicit drug use in the
Though males are more likely to be involved in illicit drug use, especially heavy
drug use, the gap between the genders is closing.
The extent at which high school seniors reported having used illicit drugs is slightly
higher for whites than for blacks.
568,000 people age 55 or older used illegal drugs during the month of March 2002.
Of 400 women surveyed, thirty-nine percent said the inability to admit that the problem
was severe enough to warrant treatment was the number one barrier to getting help.
A lack of emotional support for treatment from family members was second with thirty-two
percent. And third, at twenty-eight percent, was the inability to provide adequate
child-care while in treatment.
Nationwide, forty to fifty percent of addicted adults are women, yet women comprise
only thirty percent of treatment spots.
New research shows that men who are exposed to combat are more likely to become dependent
on alcohol and other drugs than civilians are.
The need for substance abuse treatment for older Americans is expected to nearly
triple by 2020.
By race/ethnicity, past month marijuana use was 4.4% for Black youth, 5.2% for Hispanics,
and 6.8% for Whites.
Among 12 to17 year-olds, past month marijuana use (6.4 % overall ) ranged by region
from 5.9% in the South, 6.5% in the Northeast, 6.7% in the North Central, to 7 percent
in the West.