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Alcohol Abuse

According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (2003), more than 52% of the Florida population (aged 12 or older) reported the past month use of alcohol. More than 17% of the people in the age group of 12-17 years and around 60% in the age group of 18-25 years reported using alcohol past month. Among the people of 26 years or older the rate is around 56%. Florida drug and alcohol rehabilitation is in high demand for substance abuse related issues.

In the survey, around 22% of the Florida people showed binge alcohol use and more than 44% 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 9%. In the state, 6.86% of the total population showed alcohol dependence or abuse in past year.

Drug Abuse

Cocaine is readily available all over Florida and is the primary drug of concern in the state. Local conversion of powder cocaine into crack makes it easily available in southwest and northern Florida. Heroin is readily obtainable in Florida, with the greatest concentrations in the central and southern parts. South American heroin is the predominant type found in Florida. However, Mexican black tar and brown powdered heroin are also available to a lesser extent.

Most of the marijuana found in Florida is produced in Jamaica or Mexico. Domestically grown and imported marijuana are also easily available in all areas of the state. Domestic indoor marijuana cultivation is a major industry in the state. During 2003, cultivated marijuana was identified in 54 of Florida's 67 counties.

Methamphetamine addiction poses an increasing threat. It is commonly available and abused in rural areas and in suburban and metropolitan areas as well. MDMA is found at rave parties in all areas of Florida and is frequently used in conjunction with other illegal or prescription drugs. GHB is readily available in Florida, particularly near colleges and universities. Pharmaceutical drugs, predominantly OxyContin and Xanax, are widely available in all areas of Florida.

Data from the NSDUH (2003) indicate that 2.02% of Florida citizens reported the past year, their dependence on illicit drugs and would be in need of a Florida Drug Rehab. Nearly 8% of high school students surveyed in 2004 reported selling drugs within the past year. Among middle school students, 10.9% reported lifetime marijuana use.

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