NATIONAL SURVEY REVEALS INCREASES IN SUBSTANCE USE FROM 2008 TO 2009: MARIJUANA USE RISES; PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE AND ECSTASY USE ALSO UP

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The use of illicit drugs among Americans increased between 2008 and 2009 according to a national survey conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows that the overall rate of current illicit drug use in the United States rose from 8.0 percent of the population age 12 and older in 2008 to 8.7 percent in 2009. This rise in overall drug use was driven in large part by increases in marijuana use.
Press Release: http://www.samhsa.gov/newsroom/advisories/1009152021.aspx

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