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According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (2003), more than 47% of the Texas 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 around 58% 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 near to 50%.

In the survey, approximately 24% of the Texas people showed binge alcohol use and around 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 around 10%. In the state, 7.62% of the total population showed alcohol dependence or abuse in past year.

Drug Abuse

Powder form of cocaine is easily obtainable and commonly abused in Texas. However, crack cocaine is available only in urban areas of the state. Mexican heroin is available in Texas and Mexican black tar is the popular variety. South American, Southeast Asian, and Southwest Asian heroin are also available in Texas to lesser extents.

The most commonly abused illegal drug in the state of Texas is Marijuana. Mexico is the main supplier of this drug to the state. Domestically produced marijuana is also available to a lesser extent. Pure and affordable methamphetamine is commonly available and abused in the state. Mexican methamphetamine is the predominant type available in Texas.

MDMA is a popular illicit drug in Texas. It is easily available and frequently abused in the state. Middle-class, suburban youth are the main sellers of club drugs. Drugs are sold at raves, nightclubs, and on college campuses. Problems with dextromethorphan (DXM) abuse have been reported in Texas schools.

Diverted pharmaceuticals have a wide market in Texas. Abused drugs include hydrocodone, oxycodone, hydromorphone, alprazolam, and cough syrups with codeine. Doctor shopping, pharmacy diversion and improper prescription practices by physicians are the main sources of these drugs. Use of Oxycodone is steadily increasing in the state.

According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (2002), 1.74% of Texas citizens reported in the past year their dependence on illicit drugs.

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