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Drugs & Substance Abuse

In 2012, an estimated 23.9 million Americans aged 12 and older were current (past month) illicit drug users; this represents 9.2% of the population aged 12 or older.[1] Illicit drugs include marijuana, cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens, inhalants, and prescription drugs used for non-medical purposes.

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  • Rates of illicit drug use in 2012 were highest among young adults aged 18 to 25 (21.3%) as compared to youth ages 12-17 (9.5%) and adults 26 or older (7.0%).[2]

  • In 2012, 2.8% of youths ages 12-17 were current (past month) users of prescription-type psychotherapeutics, compared to 5.3% of young adults (age 18 to 25) and 2.1% of those ages 26 or older.[3]

  • In 2012, an estimated 11.2% of people 12 or older drove under the influence (DUI) of alcohol at least once in the past year.[4]

  • Nearly one quarter (23%) of persons aged 12 or older in 2012 were binge alcohol users in the 30 days prior to the survey, which translates to about 59.7 million people.[5]

  • In 2012, approximately 75.9% of youth aged 12 to 17 reported seeing drug or alcohol prevention messages outside of school and 75.0% reported seeing or hearing prevention messages at school.[6]

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Reducing Drug Violence in Mexico: Options for Implementing Targeted Enforcement, NIJ-Sponsored, 2014
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Drug Control and Reductions in Drug-Attributable Crime, NIJ-Sponsored, 2014
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Drug Courts, NIJ,OJJDP,BJA, May 2014
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How Much Crime is Drug-Related? History, Limitations, and Potential Improvements of Estimation Methods, NIJ-Sponsored, 2014
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Managing Drug-Involved Offenders, NIJ-Sponsored, 2014
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