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According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (2003), more than 36% of the Tennessee population (aged 12 or older) reported the past month use of alcohol. Above 13% of the people in the age group of 12-17 years and above 46% 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 37%.

In the survey, around 17% of the Tennessee people showed binge alcohol use and more than 45% 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 8%. This is the lowest rate anywhere in the United States. In the state, 5.97% of the total population showed alcohol dependence or abuse in past year.

Drug Abuse

The greatest drug threat to the state of Tennessee is crack cocaine. Both the crack and powder forms of cocaine are easily obtainable throughout the state. The conversion of powder into crack is normally done locally.

Heroin does not pose a significant threat to Tennessee. The availability of brown powdered heroin from Mexico is very limited and South American heroin is rarely available in the state. However, Tennessee often acts as a source of heroin for other markets.

The most popular drug of abuse in Tennessee is Marijuana. Anywhere in the state it's a favorite. As a part of the infamous "Marijuana Belt," Tennessee is one of the top producers of marijuana. Its ideal climate and poverty in the rural areas contribute much to marijuana cultivation. Easy availability of impoverished people makes marijuana production and transportation an easy task. For the local economy, marijuana is an indispensable component. However, distribution of the drug is the main cause of drug-related violence in the state.

Popularity of methamphetamine has shown a steady increase all over Tennessee. Its easy availability and high demand make it the third greatest drug threat to the state. Most of the methamphetamine available in the state is produced in Mexico and the Southwest Border area. Methamphetamine is often a cause of violent crimes in the state.

Abuse of ecstasy, LSD and GHB is a growing club drug problem in Tennessee. Ecstasy is commonly available in the state. Of the diverted pharmaceuticals, Dilaudid and OxyContin are frequently abused in the state.

According to the National Household Survey on Drug Abuse (2001), 1.49% of Tennessee citizens reported past year dependence on illicit drugs. Approximately 12.6% of Tennessee high school students surveyed during 2003, reported using marijuana before age 13.

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