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According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (2003), around 41% of the Kentucky population (aged 12 or older) reported the past month use of alcohol. Over 17% of the people in the age group of 12-17 years and more than 58% 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 40%.

In the survey, more than 19% of the Kentucky people showed binge alcohol use and more than 42% 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 above 11%. In the state, 6.16% of the total population showed alcohol dependence or abuse in past year.

Drug Abuse

Cocaine Powder and crack cocaine are increasingly available and frequently abused in Kentucky. These drugs pose the greatest threat to most metropolitan areas in the state. While the abuse of crack remains a problem in urban areas, it is becoming more and more popular in suburban and rural areas. Law enforcement authorities indicate that cocaine abusers are increasingly purchasing powder cocaine and converting it to crack themselves as dealers attempt to avoid the stricter penalties associated with crack distribution. The price and purity of cocaine has remained relatively stable in Kentucky for the past several years.

Heroin does not pose a big threat to Kentucky. The majority of heroin available in the state is from Mexico. Locally produced marijuana is generally available after the September/October harvest and through the winter months. Mexican-produced marijuana is used as a filler and supplement for the higher-grade locally produced marijuana after the previous season's supply has been exhausted.

The level of methamphetamine production, distribution, abuse, and related violence has increased substantially in Kentucky, especially in the rural areas of the state. A recent increase in locally produced methamphetamine may have eclipsed the quantity of Mexican-produced methamphetamine transported into the state. The availability of methamphetamine keeps on increasing in Kentucky, particularly in the northern and western areas of the state that border the Ohio River Valley. Methamphetamine is increasingly popular among adolescents and young people at raves who use it to increase and prolong their energy levels.

The use of MDMA and GHB is increasing throughout Kentucky, particularly among college students. LSD is available on a limited basis and is abused most frequently in urban centers, especially on college, university, and high school campuses. The abuse of prescription drugs increased dramatically in Kentucky in 2003. Throughout the state, the use of diverted pharmaceuticals such as Lorcet, Lortab, and OxyContin continues to be a major problem. Mexico and armed robberies of pharmacies are the main sources for OxyContin. A new trend is for people to travel out of state or to purchase the drugs over the Internet. The abuse of OxyContin has also led to an increase in Medicare/Medicaid fraud.

According NHSDA (2001), approximately 1.53% of Kentucky citizens reported the past year their dependence on illicit drugs. In a 2003 survey of Kentucky high school, around 43% of the students reported using marijuana at least once in their lifetimes.

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