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Alcohol Abuse

According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (2003), around 51% of the California population (aged 12 or older) reported the past month use of alcohol. More than 15% of the people in the age group of 12-17 years and around 56% in the age group of 18-25 years reported using alcohol past month. Among people of the age group 26 years or older, the rate is more than 55%.

In the survey, more than 21% of Californians showed binge alcohol use and more than 45% reported perceptions of great risk of having five or more drinks of an alcoholic beverage once or twice a week. In the age group of 12-17, past month binge alcohol use is around more than 9%. In the state, 7.22% of the total population showed alcohol dependence or abuse in past year.

Drug Abuse

While powder cocaine is readily obtainable throughout California, crack cocaine is available mainly in the urban areas. Mexican black tar heroin is the most prevalent form of heroin in the state. Mexican brown powder, South American, Southeast Asian, and Southwest Asian heroin are also available.

The most widely available and most commonly used illicit drug in California is Marijuana. California-produced marijuana is usually preferred because of its availability and high THC contents. High purity Canadian-produced marijuana is also available in some parts of the state.

Methamphetamine, produced in Mexico and California, is considered to be the most significant drug threat to the state and is readily available throughout all parts of California. MDMA is usually sold and used at nightclubs, raves, schools, colleges, private parties, and open-air markets. LSD is readily available in suburban middle and high schools as well as on college campuses. Hydrocodone and oxycodone are diverted, distributed, and abused throughout the state. People seeking a drug and alcohol treatment program in California tend to go all across the United States for treatment options.

1According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (2002-2003), 1.88% of California citizens reported past year dependence on illicit drugs. During the 2003-2004 school year, 38.7% of 11th graders reported lifetime marijuana use and 19.8% reported current use of marijuana.

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