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According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (2003), more than 56% of the Washington population (aged 12 or older) reported the past month use of alcohol. More than 18% of the people in the age group of 12-17 years and around 64% 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 60%.

In the survey, around 21% of the Washington people showed binge alcohol use and more than 39% 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 11%. In the state, 7.47% of the total population showed alcohol dependence or abuse in past year.

Drug Abuse

Powder and crack forms of cocaine are easily available in the state of Washington. However, availability of crack is confined to the inner city areas of the state. In larger cities, heroin is a significant drug threat. Mexican black tar is the most common type available in the state. Mexican brown, powdered Southeast Asian and Southwest Asian heroin are also available in restricted quantities in the state.

Large quantities of marijuana are easily available all over the state. Domestically cultivated marijuana is the most common type found in Washington. Canadian BC Bud and Mexican marijuana are also available in the state. Initiative 692 allows patients with terminal diseases and some chronic diseases to use and possess marijuana if they have documented permission from a physician. Under this law, physicians and primary caregivers of the patients are protected against criminal prosecution or penalizing actions by the state.

Methamphetamine is extensively abused in Washington and is obtainable in large quantities all over the state. Popularity of club drugs is fast increasing throughout the state. MDMA is easily obtainable and widely abused in Washington. It is very popular in Olympia, Seattle, Spokane, and surrounding areas. LSD is not a big threat to the state. However, its availability at raves, bars, and clubs in large cities and college towns has been noted by the authorities. The main abusers of GHB are the Caucasian young adults.

Diverted pharmaceuticals do not pose a significant threat to the state. However, its abuse is fast increasing. Commonly diverted prescription drugs include oxycodone, hydromorphone, hydrocodone, and methadone. Forgery and telephone prescriptions by non-registrants are the most common methods of pharmaceutical drug diversion in Washington.

According to the National Household Survey on Drug Abuse (2001), 1.82% of Washington citizens reported past year dependence on illicit drugs.

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