SAMHSA Survey: Illegal Drug Use, Rx Medication Abuse Increased Among Americans

The number of Americans who used illegal drugs or abused prescription medications has reached its highest level since 2002, notes a survey conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Survey results suggest that the use of marijuana, methamphetamine, and ecstasy, which all rose from 2008, was driven by an increase in teen use of marijuana and a 60% increase in the use of methamphetamine. The non-medical use of prescription drugs, specifically, painkillers, rose 20% from 2002. SAMHSA officials suggest that the economic slump played a role in pushing up the numbers of Americans who take drugs as demonstrated by the doubling of drug abuse among the unemployed, compared with those with full-time jobs. See above link for details.