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