Friday, September 6, 2013

Heroin / Marijuana Use On The Rise

A recent government study finds marijuana topping the illicit drug market among American adults and teens.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) polled a total of 70,000 U.S. citizens ages 12+ regarding their 2012 drug use habits. The survey concluded increased heroin and marijuana use rates over previous surveys.

Heroin, marijuana and other drug use is on the rise in America.According to SAMHSA, marijuana’s continued popularity among Americans is nothing new, with 7.3% of those surveyed admitting to smoking in 2012 – a climb from 7% in 2011 and 5.8% in 2007.

Routine or daily use of marijuana rose to 7.6 million in 2012 from 5.1 million in 2007.

Heroin use increased significantly, jumping from 373,000 users in 2007 to a whopping 669,000 in the recent study.

Many blame the rise in heroin use to an increase in prescription painkiller addiction, as heroin’s lower price and accessibility offer a more convenient and affordable pill alternative.

As for first-time users, the highest numbers were associated with marijuana (2.4 million), prescription painkillers (1.9 million), tranquilizers (1.4 million) MDMA, or Ecstasy (0.9 million), inhalants, cocaine and stimulants (0.6 - 0.7 million).

As a whole, illicit use varied little from 2011 poll results: About 9.2% of the United States adult and teen population claimed they were currently using in 2012, roughly 24 million Americans 12+.

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  1. The Freeman Center in Waco, TX, also turned to Cenikor, and in 2012 the Foundation’s newest facility was receiving referrals from around the state for medical detoxification, short-term residential care and outpatient services of drug rehab.

  2. Well with the legalizing of marijuana I don't see how its going to get better.

  3. And that's only the people you know about! I wonder if it'd be possible to offer all these addicts holistic addiction treatment. I bet some of them realize they have a problem but just aren't strong enough to quit, don't you think?

  4. I am trying to help my brother. He is a heroin addict and I would like to help him find the best Holistic Addiction Treatmentaround. Any recommendations?

  5. With states legalizing marijuana what can we honestly expect?