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Alcohol Abuse

According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (2003), more than 59% of the Colorado population (aged 12 or older) reported past month use of alcohol. Around 21% of the people in the age group of 12-17 years and 69% in the age group of 18-25 years reported using alcohol in the past month. Among the people of 26 years or older the rate is around 63%.

In the survey, around 26% of the Colorado people showed binge alcohol use and more than 38% 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 more than 11%. In the state, 9.20% of the total population showed alcohol dependence or abuse in past year.

Drug Abuse

Powder cocaine is available throughout the state. It is the drug most often associated with violent crimes in Colorado. Cocaine is generally sold in ounce and pound quantities. Crack cocaine is available only in large metropolitan areas of the state.

Mexican black tar heroin and brown powdered heroin are common in Colorado. New heroin users in Colorado are often young adults who smoke or snort the drug rather than inject it. This is due to a misconception that this practice is safer and less likely to lead to addiction.

Marijuana is readily available in large quantities throughout Colorado. A highly powerful form of marijuana, called "BC Bud," is also easily obtainable. The use and possession of small amounts of marijuana for sick and dying patients is allowed in the state. It provides protection against prosecution under state law.

Methamphetamine, a primary drug threat to Colorado, is commonly abused in homes, public venues such as nightclubs and raves, and other private locations. Crystal methamphetamine is becoming increasingly available throughout the State.

Club drugs are increasing in availability and use in Colorado. LSD in liquid form is readily available in the metropolitan areas. The diversion and abuse of OxyContin is a significant problem. Hydrocodone and Darvocet are the most commonly abused controlled substances.

According to the National Household Survey on Drug Abuse (2001), 1.67% of Colorado citizens reported their past year dependence on illicit drugs. 34% of those surveyed in Colorado during 2001 reported lifetime usage of MDMA.

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