Marijuana Becoming More Popular in the US, Reveals Survey
A new national survey reveals that marijuana use is becoming more popular in the US. But methamphetamine abuse is on the decline. In 2010, 8.9% or 22.6 million Americans used illegal drugs, up from 8.7% in 2009. The survey was done by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
Marijuana Becoming Popular
Marijuana appears to be the most popular drug with 6.9% or 17.4 million people using it 2010, increasing from 5.8% or 14.4 million Americans in 2007. Officials say marijuana use has increased in states which have legalized medical marijuana. They find a link between access to medical marijuana and higher drug use.
Decline in Meth and Cocaine Abuse
The survey reveals that 21.5% of youngsters used illegal drugs last year, up from 21.2% in 2009. Officials say this increase is largely due to the rising popularity of marijuana use. The good news is that meth use has declined by almost half from 731,000 in the year 2006 to 353,000 in 2010. Cocaine abuse also declined drastically to 1.5 million people in 2010, down from 2.4 million users in 2006.
More Good News
Among teenagers, drinking rates are down to 13.6% in 2010, reducing from 14.7% in 2009. The number of smokers fell down to 10.7% in 2010, decreasing from 11.6% in 2009.