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Alcohol Abuse

According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (2003), around 58% of the Connecticut population (aged 12 or older) reported the past month use of alcohol. Around 19% of the people in the age group of 12-17 years and more than 72% in the age group of 18-25 years reported using alcohol past month. Among the people of 26 years or older the rate is more than 61%. Addiction treatment programs in Connecticutt can facilitate the recovery needed to help people get their lives back.

In the survey, more than 23% of the Connecticut people showed binge alcohol use and around 40% 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, 6.90% of the total population showed alcohol dependence or abuse in past year.

Drug Abuse

Cocaine, both powdered and crack, poses a significant drug menace in Connecticut. However, heroin has surpassed cocaine as the greatest drug threat and most of the heroin available in the state is produced in South America. The drug's increasing popularity, especially among younger users, is primarily due to the increased availability of low cost, high purity heroin that can be snorted or smoked instead of injected.

Marijuana, the most readily available illicit drug in the state, is mostly produced in Mexico. Local and Canadian varieties are also available. The production and abuse of methamphetamine in Connecticut pose threats. Those who use methamphetamine are typically teens and young adults who frequent raves.

The diversion and abuse of MDMA have increased throughout the state. Club drugs are primarily distributed and abused by teens and young adults at raves, nightclubs, and on college campuses. Diverted pharmaceuticals such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, methadone, methylphenidate, alprazolam, and diazepam pose an increasing drug threat. Some heroin addicts in the state use prescription opiates, particularly OxyContin, as a substitute when heroin is not available.

National Survey on Drug Use and Health (2002) indicate that 1.96% of Connecticut citizens reported in the past year their dependence on illicit drugs. Around 36% of 9th-10th grade students surveyed in 2000 reported using marijuana at least once during their lifetimes and 22% were recent users of marijuana.

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