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A number of information sources are used to compile America’s drug addiction statistics. Foremost among these sources are the Monitoring the Future survey (MTF) and the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). For the 2007 survey, 48,025 students in 8th, 10th, and 12th grades from 403 public and private schools participated. A portion of the results from this survey are presented in the text below.
Finally, consider the following statistics from the 2007 National Survey on Drug Use and Health done by the Office of Applied Studies at the United States Department of Health and Human Services. Close to twenty percent of polled adults over eighteen admitted to using illicit drugs within a month of the poll. Marijuana was the second highest drug used in this poll and came in at just over sixteen percent. This same poll found that males were more likely to abuse both illicit drugs and marijuana while all other drugs were used about evenly with both genders.
Statistically speaking, most adult Americans have tried some type of drug at least once or twice in their lives. This is why it is important for drug addicts to realize that there is no shame in seeking help. Drug addiction statistics regarding both teen and adult drug use are staggering. If you think that you or someone you care about might have a drug addiction problem, contact an expert at a drug and alcohol treatment center. They can help explain that drug addiction is not something to be ashamed of and that a complete recovery from addiction is possible.
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