Facts on Drug Use

•  In 2002, 670,307 drug-related visits in hospital emergency departments nationwide, an increase from the 518,880 reported in 1994.

•  Rates of cocaine use by college students over the previous 5 years had varied between 2.0% of all students in 1994 to 4.7% in 2001, and marijuana use ranged from 29.3% in 1994 to 35.6% in 2001.

•  Of high school seniors 47.8% reported having ever used marijuana/hashish

•  In 2001, 29% of all students in grades 9 through 12 reported someone had offered, sold, or given them an illegal drug on school property. This was an increase from 1993 when 24% of such students reported that illegal drugs were available to them on school property.

•  108 million Americans age 12 or older (46% of the population) reported illicit drug use at least once in their lifetime

•  70% of illicit drug users, age 18-49, were employed full-time.

•  6.3 million of full-time workers were illicit drug users.

•  1.6 million of these full-time workers were both illicit drug and heavy alcohol users in the past

•  In 1999 a total of 19,102 persons died of drug-induced causes, which includes not only deaths from dependent and nondependent use of drugs, but also poisoning from medically prescribed and other drugs.


1. Bureau of Justice Statistics. The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs. December 1, 2003.

2.National Center for Health Statistcs Center For Disease Control and Prevention. June 19, 2002.

3.Latest trend in drug abuse. Youths risk death for cough-remedy high. AZCentral.com. USA Today. December 29, 2003.

4.Cough/Cold. (sales statistics for medications) (Illustration) (Statistical Data Included) Drug Store News , May 21, 2001.

5.Wyeth Consumer Healthcare. Wyeth Division. 2004.

6.What Every Parent Needs to Know about Cough Medicine Abuse. Partnership for a Drug Free America. 2004.

Image Sources:

1. Microsoft Office Online. Clip Art and Media. Microsoft Corporation 2004.

2. Free Images. 2001-2003

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