During Their Lifetime More Than 10 Percent Of Adults Abuse Or Become Dependent On Drugs

Source:  Medical News Today, 5/11/07
Approximately 10.3 percent of U.S. adults appear to have problems with drug use or abuse during their lives, including 2.6 percent who become drug dependent at some point, according to a report in the May issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.
Individuals who abused drugs began at an average age of 19.9, whereas those with drug dependence developed the condition at an average age of 21.7. About 8.1 percent of those who abused drugs and 37.9 percent of those who were dependent received treatment during their lives. “The adolescent onset of drug abuse and dependence revealed critical windows of opportunity for prevention efforts,” the authors write.
(Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2007;64:566-576)

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