Drugs & Their Popularity in the United States are Staggering
Made popular in the 1960s by mass media and music, drugs have been a part of United States culture. They don’t choose age, sex, race, monthly income, or education. Drugs conquered all.
There’s estimation that over 208 million people in the world consume illegal drugs. Only in the United States, and according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health from 2007, around 19.9 million Americans have used illegal drugs in the previous month.
Just by looking at these overall numbers you get scared. However, you most likely already knew about this. After all, it’s unlikely that you don’t know someone who is affected by drug addiction. It can be a family member who’s addicted, a friend of yours, a co-worker, or a friend of a friend. One of the main problems is that people start using drugs earlier than ever. If there were days when people only started using illegal drugs around their twenties or thirties, they are now starting when they’re only teens. It’s not uncommon at all to see twelve-year-old boys that are already addicted, either on alcohol or illegal drugs.
The Staggering statistics of addiction in the United States
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention made a survey in 2007 showing that more than 19% of high school students used marijuana and around 45% drank alcohol, only over a 1-month period. In 2015 the numbers are so staggering that I don’t even want to alarm you.
In the United States, alcohol is the substance that has more addicts while marijuana is the most used illegal drug.
It’s not strange that younger people are more susceptible to trying drugs. Sometimes they just want to fit in, to rebel, relieve boredom, or simply to experiment. They want to be like their friends – or supposed friends -, who tell them they won’t be addicted. They’ll just be using marijuana to get high; and what a wonderful feeling that is. And they trust them; experiment it; get high; want more. Suddenly, the same dose isn’t enough anymore and they need to get a higher one. Then, marijuana isn’t strong enough and they evolve to harder drugs like heroin and cocaine. It doesn’t happen to everyone; not everyone is susceptible to become an addict. However, it happens.
In 2014, 10.2% of the people with 12 or more years used any illicit drug in the prior month. The ages that are more affected are between 16-17 years (16.5%), and between 18-25 years (22%).
In what relates to alcohol, the most abused substance in the United States, 52.7% of the people with 12 or more years drank alcohol in the prior month. The legal age you can drink alcohol is 21.
According to studies 23.3% with ages between 16-17 years old, and 59.6% with ages between 18 and 25 years old drank alcohol in the prior month of the study.
Marijuana is abused the second most frequently with 8.4% of ages 8 – 17 using it in the prior month. Just like alcohol, the age range that abuses the substance more is between 18 to 25 years old with 19.6%.
There’s no doubt that there’s an epidemic in the United States. Our children are beginning to experiment drugs and alcohol earlier than ever.