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Drug use estimates

DRUG WAR FACTS
compiled by Kendra E. Wright and Paul M. Lewin
for Common Sense for Drug Policy, http://www.csdp.org/ 
Updated: December 1, 1998

77 million Americans have used an illicit drug at least once in their life. Source: Department of Health and Human Services, National Household Survey on Drug Abuse: Population Estimates 1997, Washington D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office (1998), p. 17. In the past year, 24 million Americans have used an illicit drug. 18 million of these Americans are White, 3 million are Black, and 2 million are Hispanic. Source: Department of Health and Human Services, National Household Survey on Drug Abuse: Population Estimates 1997, Washington D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office (1998), pp. 17, 18. It is estimated that 1.4 million Americans have used crack cocaine in the past year. Of those 1.4 million, 910 thousand are White, 340 thousand are Black, and 85 thousand are Hispanic. Source: Department of Health and Human Services, National Household Survey on Drug Abuse: Population Estimates 1997, Washington D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office (1998), pp. 35-37. The chart below shows the results of the National Household Survey on Drug Abuse for 1997. It is important to note that the survey finds very slight use of `hard drugs' like cocaine, heroin and crack. In some cases the numbers are so small that past month use and frequent users (defined as 51 or more times per year) are not even tracked by the national survey.
SubstanceEver UsedPast YearUsed in Past MonthFrequent Users
Alcohol177 million139 million111 million49 million
Cigarettes152 million71 million64 millionnot tracked
Marijuana71 million19 million11 million6.4 million
Cocaine23 million4 million1.5 million0.7 million
Crack4 million1 million0.6 millionnot tracked
Heroin2 million0.6 millionnot trackednot tracked

Source:
Department of Health and Human Services, National Household Survey on Drug Abuse: Population Estimates 1997, Washington D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office (1998).

National Household Survey on Drug Abuse http://www.samhsa.gov/oas/nhsda/pe1997/httoc.htm

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