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According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (2003), around 52% of the Ohio population (aged 12 or older) reported the past month use of alcohol. Around 18% of the people in the age group of 12-17 years and more than 65% in the age group of 18-25 years reported using alcohol in the past month. Among the people of 26 years or older the rate is more than 54%.

In the survey, above 24% of the Ohio people showed binge alcohol use and around 38% 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, the past month binge alcohol use is more than 11%. In the state, 7.90% of the total population showed alcohol dependence or abuse in past year.

Drug Abuse

The primary drug threats to the state of Ohio are cocaine powder and crack cocaine. Powder cocaine is readily available everywhere in the state. However, crack is mainly available in the urban areas only. South American and Mexican black tar heroin are easily available in the northern areas of the state. In the southern region of the state, Mexican black tar heroin is the predominant form. Popularity of heroin is increasing among the young people of the state.

The most prevalent drug of abuse in Ohio is Marijuana. Mexican marijuana is the predominant type found in the state. Domestically produced marijuana is also available in Ohio. Methamphetamine manufacturing and use are increasing in the state. Locally produced methamphetamine is the main type available.

The use of club drugs has steadily increased in Ohio. Ecstasy, GHB, ketamine, and LSD are widely available in the state. These drugs are growing in popularity among young adults and juveniles, especially in urban areas of the state where rave parties are very common. Ketamine available in Ohio is usually either smuggled into the state from Mexico or is stolen from veterinary offices. Liquid and powder forms of ketamine are easily available at Ohio raves and dance clubs. PCP is commonly smoked in cigarettes and marijuana joints that have been dipped in the liquid form of the drug.

The diversion and abuse of OxyContin is an important threat to Ohio. It is the most prevalent diverted pharmaceutical in the state. Abusers often chew the tablets or crush them into a powder, which is then snorted or mixed with water and injected. Some northern Ohio youth, who cannot obtain or afford OxyContin, have begun abusing heroin.

During the 2001 school year, 36.6% of Ohio high school seniors surveyed as part of the PRIDE survey reported past year marijuana use. Approximately 22% of seniors in Ohio reported in the past month their use of marijuana during 2001.

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