More Than Two-Thirds of U.S. Residents Who First Started Using Drugs in the Past Year Began with Marijuana

According to the 2011 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, an estimated 3.1 million people ages 12 and older used a drug for the first time in the past year. This number includes drugs other than alcohol. 68% of these new users reported their first drug they tried was marijuana.

Here are other statistics of other drugs that the 3.1 million people used in 2011 for their first time:

  • 22% prescription drugs (14% pain relievers, 4% tranquilizers, 3% stimulants, 1% sedatives)
  • Less than 10% used inhalants and hallucinogens
  • Very few used heroine or cocaine as their first-time drug

More information is available online at http://www.samhsa.gov/data/NSDUH/2011SummNatFindDetTables/Index.aspx.

Source: Center for Substance Abuse Research

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