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Prevalence of Illegal Drug Use in the US Among People Aged 12 or Older

"In 2016, 28.6 million people aged 12 or older used an illicit drug in the past 30 days, which corresponds to about 1 in 10 Americans overall (10.6 percent) but ranges as high as 1 in 4 for young adults aged 18 to 25. Regardless of age, the illicit drug use estimate for 2016 continues to be driven primarily by marijuana use and the misuse of prescription pain relievers. Among people aged 12 or older, 24.0 million were current marijuana users and 3.3 million were current misusers of prescription pain relievers.

Estimated Prevalence of Current Illicit Drug Use In The US By People 12 Or Older

Estimated Prevalence of Current Illicit Drug Use In The US By People 12 Or Older, by Race and Ethnicity: "In 2015, an estimated 27.1 million Americans aged 12 or older were current (past month) illicit drug users, meaning that they had used an illicit drug during the month prior to the survey interview (Figure 1). The most commonly used illicit drug in the past month was marijuana, which was used by 22.2 million people aged 12 or older. An estimated 6.4 million people reported misusing psychotherapeutic drugs in the past month, including 3.8 million people who were misusers of prescription pain relievers. Thus, the number of current misusers of pain relievers was second to marijuana among specific illicit drugs. Smaller numbers of people in 2015 were current users of the other illicit drugs shown in Figure 1.

Current Drug Use in the US by People Aged 12 and Older, by Gender

Current Drug Use in the US by People Aged 12 and Older, by Gender: "• In 2013, as in prior years, the rate of current illicit drug use among persons aged 12 or older was higher for males (11.5 percent) than for females (7.3 percent). Males were more likely than females to be current users of several different illicit drugs, including marijuana (9.7 vs. 5.6 percent), cocaine (0.8 vs. 0.4 percent), and hallucinogens (0.7 vs. 0.3 percent).

Estimated Prevalence of Past-Month Substance Use in US by Those Aged 12 and Older

In 2016, among people aged 12 and older in the United States:
An estimated 28,564,000 people were past-month users of any illicit drug.
An estimated 23,981,000 people were past-month users of marijuana or hashish.
An estimated 3,649,000 people were past-month users any opioid (including heroin and prescription pain relievers).
An estimated 1,874,000 people were past-month users of cocaine.
An estimated 63,429,000 people were past-month users of tobacco products.