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According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (2003), more than 55% of the Iowa population (aged 12 or older) reported the use of alcohol in the past month. More than 20% of the people in the age group of 12-17 years and more than 67% 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 58%.

In the survey, more than 26% of the of the Iowa people showed binge alcohol use and more than 34% 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 14%. In the state, 8.25% of the total population showed alcohol dependence or abuse in past year.

Drug Abuse

Cocaine is readily available throughout Iowa and heroin is obtainable in retail-level quantities throughout the urban areas on a limited basis. Methamphetamine is the main drug of concern in the state. During the 1990's, methamphetamine replaced cocaine as the "drug of choice" for many of Iowa's illicit drug users.

Marijuana is readily available throughout eastern and northwestern Iowa, and is usually available in combination with cocaine or meth. Locally produced marijuana is available in the state and small indoor and outdoor grow operations have been found in eastern and central Iowa. "Ditchweed" marijuana, which is used as filler for higher purity imported marijuana, is a continuing problem.

The abuse of club drugs, such as MDMA and GHB, is increasing in Iowa. MDMA is encountered at rave parties in eastern and central Iowa. The state crime lab has reported an increase in the number of MDMA exhibits being processed. Vicodin, Lortab, Ultram, diazepam, Hycodan, alprazolam, hydrocodone, Demerol, Dilaudid, Percodan and propoxyphene are the most popular pharmaceutical substances abused in eastern and central Iowa. These drugs are diverted through fraudulent prescriptions, doctor shopping, pharmacy break-ins, and hospital thefts. OxyContin is also noted to be a pharmaceutical drug of abuse in Iowa.

According to the National Household Survey on Drug Abuse (2000-2001), 0.95% of Iowa citizens reported past year dependence on illicit drugs.

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