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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).