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Cause for concern from the Office of National Drug Control Policy

The survey results indicate that current illicit drug use in America increased in 2009 compared to 2008 - with 8.7 percent of the population aged 12 years and older using illicit drugs in 2009 compared to 8.0 percent in 2008. Most of this increase was due to a rise in marijuana use. In addition, the number of current nonmedical users of prescription drugs increased 12 percent over 2008 - from 6.2 million to 7 million Americans 12 or older.

While the findings of the survey are disappointing, they are not unexpected. Data from the last two years have shown that young people's attitudes about drugs and their risks - particularly marijuana - were softening. Fortunately, the National Drug Control Strategy outlines a comprehensive and balanced approach to changing the long-term trends of drug use and its consequences.

Following are links to key information about the survey and additional educational tools for youth, parents, communities and others. We encourage you to read and share the information.

ONDCP National Survey on Drug Use and Health web page
Director Kerlikowske's Video Message (requires Windows Media Player)
ONDCP Fact Sheet: 2009 National Survey on Drug Use and Health
2009 National Survey on Drug Use and Health - Full Report
Key Findings from the 2009 National Survey on Drug Use and Health

Written by: Tony Martinez, Assoc. Director of Intergovernmental and
Public Liaison, Executive Office of the President
Posted: Sep 23, 2010 by Lisa Callaham

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