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According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (2003), around 49% of the Kansas population (aged 12 or older) reported the use of alcohol in the past month. More than 19% of the people in the age group of 12-17 years and around 66% 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 50%.

In the survey, around 22% of the of the Kansas people showed binge alcohol use and around 41% 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 12%. In the state, 7.14% of the total population showed alcohol dependence or abuse in past year.

Drug Abuse

Cocaine is readily available throughout Kansas. However, heroin poses a low threat. Mexican black tar and brown powdered heroin have limited availability only in the metropolitan areas of the state.

Marijuana is the most widely available and frequently abused illicit drug in Kansas. Despite the availability of locally produced marijuana, imported marijuana from Mexico dominates the market. Law enforcement near Kansas City reports a large influx of high purity "BC Bud" from Canada.

Methamphetamine is the main drug threat to Kansas. According to the National Drug Threat Survey 2002, of the 39 Kansas law enforcement respondents who reported methamphetamine abuse in their jurisdictions, 33 indicated high level abuse. The predominant type of meth found in Kansas is produced in Mexico, California, and southwestern states. However, the availability of locally-produced meth is increasing significantly.

The availability and abuse of MDMA are increasing in Kansas, particularly among teens and young adults. MDMA is commonly found at rave parties throughout the state. The threat GHB and its analogs poses is ever increasing. Diverted pharmaceuticals also pose a significant and increasing threat to the state.

The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (2003) indicate that 1.67% of Kansas citizens reported the past year, their dependence on illicit drugs. According to the 2004 Communities That Care survey, 18.4% of Kansas 12th graders reported the past month marijuana use and 40.9% reported lifetime marijuana use.

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