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Study: 22 million Americans use illegal drugs
Marijuana is the most common drug for first-time users, according to the study.
September 8th, 2011
06:10 PM ET

Study: 22 million Americans use illegal drugs

More than 22 million Americans age 12 and older - nearly 9% of the U.S. population - use illegal drugs, according to the government’s 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health.

The overall rate of drug use is only slightly higher than the 2009 study but nearly a percentage point above the 2008 survey.

“I am encouraged there were no significant increases in drug use over the past year,” Gil Kerlikowske, the U.S. director of national drug control policy, said in a statement. “However, today’s survey also shows that drug use in America remains at unacceptable levels.”

Marijuana, cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens, inhalants and some prescription drugs used for non-medical purposes were counted in the survey. Marijuana was the most commonly used drug, with more than 17 million users in 2010, 3 million more than in the 2007 survey.

In 2010, 7 million people used psychotherapeutic drugs (including stimulants, tranquilizers, painkillers and sedatives) for non-medical purposes, and 1.2 million people used hallucinogens, according to the study.  The numbers are similar to the past few years.

One and a half million people used cocaine, similar to recent years' study results but a drop of nearly 1 million from 2006.  Methamphetamine use dropped by more than half between 2006 and 2010, to only a 10th of 1% of the population, according to the survey.

The number of young people using drugs has continued to increase. In 2008, 19.6% of 18- to 25-year-olds used drugs, but in 2010’s survey, that number had climbed to 21.5%. The increase is largely due to marijuana use, according to the study.

Drug use among 12- to 17-year-olds stayed steady in the survey, at about 10%.

States allowing medical marijuana could be fueling the increases in drug use, Kerlikowske said.

“Emerging research reveals potential links between state laws permitting access to smoked medical marijuana and higher rates of marijuana use,” his statement said. “I urge every family - but particularly those in states targeted by pro-drug political campaigns - to redouble their efforts to shield young people from serious harm by educating them about the real health and safety consequences caused by illegal drug use.”

Marijuana is the most common drug for first-time users, according to the study. Among people who started using drugs in the year before the survey, 62% said they first used marijuana, 26% first used prescription drugs like tranquilizers and stimulants, and 9% first used inhalants.

The age when people start using marijuana is going up.  The study found that in 2010, the average age of a first-time marijuana user was 18.4 years. In the 2002 study, it was 17 years old.

Nearly half of youths between 12 and 17 years old said it would be "fairly easy" or "very easy" to get marijuana, one in five said it would be easy to get cocaine, and one in 10 said it would be easy to get heroin, according to the study.

Alcohol use

About 131 million people 12 and older in the United States drink alcohol, according to the 2010 survey.  That’s roughly half the population and similar to the year prior.  Nearly a quarter of the population age 12 and older participated in what the study calls binge drinking, or having five or more drinks in the same occasion, at least once in the past month. Nearly 7% of the population reported binge drinking on five days in the month before the survey.

Ten million 12- to 20-year-olds drink, according to the survey, and 65% of those binge drink. These numbers represent a drop of about 2 percentage points each from the 2002 survey.

More than 11% of the population drove under the influence of alcohol in the year before the study. The number is a drop of about 3 percentage points from the 2002 study.

The most likely age group to drive after drinking was 21- to 25-year-olds, according to the study.

Tobacco use

Nearly 70 million Americans age 12 and over use tobacco, according to the study, more than a quarter of the population in that age group. The numbers represent a drop of about 3 percentage points from the 2002 survey.  In both studies, cigarette smoking made up the majority of the tobacco use, followed by cigars and smokeless tobacco. However, only cigarette use significantly declined during those years.

The use of tobacco by younger people has declined.  The 2002 study showed that about 15% of people age 12 to 17 used tobacco, while the 2010 numbers were closer to 11%.

Nearly 59% of new smokers in the 2010 survey were under 18 when they first started smoking.

Treatment

More than 23 million Americans age 12 and older needed some sort of treatment for drug or alcohol use problems, according to the 2010 study. But only 2.6 million people got that treatment.  Of the people who didn’t get treatment, most indicated in the survey that they did not feel they need it.

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  1. Cheech or Chong

    No. 1 rule in understanding statistics –

    "OF THOSE SURVEYED" the responses were whatever......

    They didn't survey 250 million Americans to get the the 9% number. In fact, we didn't see the number surveyed in the report. Maybe is was 20 folks outside the 7-11.

    September 8, 2011 at 23:20 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Bob

      Yes but if you knew anything about statistics you'd know that you can have a relatively small sampling size and still get highly accurate results.

      September 9, 2011 at 00:00 | Report abuse |
    • john

      they only surveyed 68,000 and according to the descriptions on the survey website "The design oversampled youths and young adults; each State's sample was approximately equally distributed among three age groups: 12 to 17 years, 18 to 25 years, and 26 years or older."

      September 9, 2011 at 00:01 | Report abuse |
    • giggity.giggity

      according to who bob? you and the government?

      September 9, 2011 at 00:10 | Report abuse |
    • Julie

      @logiklix & bibliread (or whoever)
      LOL!
      You're both pathetietic – using the Bible to justify weed. By that logic vritually all drugs are OK, opium, heroin, cocaine, peyote – the list goes on and on. What you miss, as do all people who cherry-pick sared texts, is that it's the human behavior so often associated with drug use that's the problem, and that very often, use precludes the ability to perceive those problems.
      All those weeds and seeds god put on Earth are designed to test our use/abuse of them – THAT'S what makes them OK or not OK.

      And judging from my own experience – I think 9% is not only low, but no t OK either. Drugs make people stupid, that's one commodity we have an overabundance of.

      September 9, 2011 at 00:38 | Report abuse |
    • dom

      hey giggity learn 2 math

      September 9, 2011 at 01:05 | Report abuse |
    • jeff

      this is just a study to try and prove drugs are bad im not saying all drugs are good but marijuana isnt that bad.... and they target it specifically saying how its increasing but only it increased alot not coke or heroin.....

      September 9, 2011 at 01:19 | Report abuse |
    • gingersrule1

      Um. Pardon me but I think your numbers are off because I know lots of people that would never tell anyone they were doing drugs except for the guy they get it from. LOL. Trust me. I know from personal experience. Drugs suck. That is my personal opinion as of late.

      September 9, 2011 at 01:48 | Report abuse |
    • Phil D. Boll

      @ JULIE,, According to some Bible Scholars the "Healing Ointment" that Jesus and his Disciples used had large amounts of Cannabis in it.

      September 9, 2011 at 22:15 | Report abuse |
  2. abd

    what does christianity say about drugs? Is it ok to smoke since your sins are forgiven anyway ?!!!

    September 8, 2011 at 23:23 | Report abuse | Reply
    • logikflux

      Genesis 1:29, And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. Natural drugs like Pot are totally cool with God.

      September 8, 2011 at 23:31 | Report abuse |
    • biblioread

      Genesis 1:29 "God said, 'See, I give you all the seed-bearing plants that are upon the whole earth, and all the trees with seed-bearing fruit; this shall be your food."

      September 8, 2011 at 23:37 | Report abuse |
    • israel

      god made pot, man made beer....now who do you trust?

      also, the survey shows that drug use is RISING.....not falling....should be a sign to our federal government that the war on drugs is failing and sucking up money we don't have.....legalize pot and earn some extra revenue you fools, we have sufficient testing methods and already have the legal-istics in place to prosecute those that still try to one up the system or abuse it.....most of the people i know, young and old smoke pot, most of them are very successful.....but the fools in DC just dont get it.....time to go light up and blow the smoke in their faces

      no really....im going to smoke pot right now

      September 8, 2011 at 23:40 | Report abuse |
    • logikflux

      It actually depends on what version of the bible you are reading,... don't get knitt picky on words biblioread, it still carries the same message. You do know there are multiple versions of the Bible, right?

      September 8, 2011 at 23:46 | Report abuse |
    • Don't care

      I have to admit, I am into smoked pork; it's the gateway meat.
      Used to be a capital offense, leading to a terminal place in hell.
      Probably should be eating less or no meat; now I have to steal to support my habit.
      We should outlaw drugs, chemicals and all forms of atoms not approved of by powers of higher knowledge.

      September 9, 2011 at 00:31 | Report abuse |
    • clearfog

      Jesus changed water to wine, not the other way around.

      September 9, 2011 at 00:59 | Report abuse |
    • No one answered abd

      No one answered abd's question..."what does christianity say about drugs? Is it ok to smoke since your sins are forgiven anyway ?!!!"

      The Apostle Paul said "What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase? May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it?" Romans 6:1-2. Question is...is smoking pot a sin?

      Also, on Gen 1:29. In the Hebrew it can be herb, grass, vegetation, or plant – comes from a root meaning "to glisten or be green" – I'd say pot fits the bill on both...green and I've seen buds glisten. But, wheat and barely were native to that area and were primary sources of food. The end of the verse says "it shall be for food/eating" ...not smoking.

      Don't have a dog in the fight in regards to the article...just hated to see bad exegesis.

      September 9, 2011 at 01:18 | Report abuse |
    • Phil D. Boll

      Who gives a crap about what "christianity" has to say about anything? The Bible says that god gave man the recipe for the Healing Ointment, and one of the Main ingredients was Kaheh Bosem,Cannabis.

      September 9, 2011 at 22:21 | Report abuse |
  3. logikflux

    I would bet they are counting medical marijuana patients. They need to end the war on drugs. Stop wasting our money on a failed cause.

    September 8, 2011 at 23:28 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Don't care

      The ghost of Richard Nixon says NO, you must continue his war on drugs; there is too much money involved.
      The crooks need high profit margins in order to pay off government officials of all countries.
      Some of them are actually philanthropers, owning sports franchises and donating to religious organizations.

      September 9, 2011 at 00:38 | Report abuse |
  4. This survey is bunk

    I don't care what these fools have to say. Many more Americans smoke marijuana than 22 million. They can only count what people will admit to. And where's the Office of National Alcohol Control Policy?

    September 8, 2011 at 23:32 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dan

      WORD... They have no clue... They feed us preservatives high fructose and poisoned tobacco while shoving pills down are throats... Most of which could be replaced by eating right, and not eating anything processed and smoking a joint a day...

      September 8, 2011 at 23:55 | Report abuse |
  5. mphtmnslt

    I'll toke to that.

    September 8, 2011 at 23:35 | Report abuse | Reply
  6. israel

    im gonna go smoke a bowl right now, and when i come back.....im gonna be INSAAAAANNNNEEEEEE schitzo!

    September 8, 2011 at 23:41 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Mary Jane

    9% use illegel drugs, the other 91% lied

    September 8, 2011 at 23:42 | Report abuse | Reply
    • intothefire

      lmao! nice!

      September 9, 2011 at 00:09 | Report abuse |
  8. Joshua Ludd

    Yes, and I would guess about twice as many lie about their drug use.

    September 8, 2011 at 23:47 | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Skullduggs

    I just like how Gil Kerlikowske the U.S. director of national drug control policy makes a demand for parents to shield their children from cannabis while having zero comment on the use of tobacco or alcohol in this nation.

    The fact that tobacco and alcohol is 'legit' but pot is not is completely political and rooted back racist policies and old money corporate favoritism. Even more pathetic is the the current use of advertisement in this country for prescription drugs. All of Europe and many nations have an outright ban on drug advertisements and for good reason.

    Politicians love them some money and would hate to see those streams of corporate donations to political coffers dry up. If you're ok with any government let alone ours trying to make decisions for yourself and telling you what you can and can't do with your body then you're tripping. Think for yourself, don't be a pawn. This is the land of Capitalism and Cronyism, dollars come first not common sense.

    September 8, 2011 at 23:48 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tillamook

      "States allowing medical marijuana could be fueling the increases in drug use, Kerlikowske said." Let us not forget that Kerlikowske is the US Director of National Drug Control Policy. He directly benefits from pot being illegal. As long as we have illegal substances, he has a job. Marijuana accounts for a huge percentage of our national substance consumption. Fewer illegal substances, smaller budget.

      September 9, 2011 at 01:51 | Report abuse |
  10. Pot the Troll

    Bull! It's probably more like 40%, 70% for people under 35. How many have tried it?

    September 8, 2011 at 23:52 | Report abuse | Reply
  11. austintexashippppie

    I'd say around 40 million use and illegal drug regularly, and about 80 million or so have tried an illegal drug once in their life.

    September 8, 2011 at 23:56 | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Bob-O

    I see 23 billion in tax $ if you legalize all of it, and countless $ saved on law enforcement and incarceration. Darwin would take care of the rest of the problem, and we could spend some money on educating children and improving our failing infrastructure. And I think those #s on that survey are bs too.

    September 8, 2011 at 23:58 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Bob-O

    Oh and we would not have a war on our border anymore.

    September 9, 2011 at 00:00 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tillamook

      We can't use hemp for its twenty-some-thousand uses, so we have to use alternatives. Like cotton, wood-based paper, timber, pharmaceuticals, oil. Think of how many people have tons of money invested in just those examples. They would all lose money if cannabis were reintroduced to the open market. Money is power in our society. Look for those who will lose big money and you'll find the people who oppose legalization. It has nothing to do with health and safety, it is all about who gets paid.

      September 9, 2011 at 02:18 | Report abuse |
  14. LISTEN UP!

    Weed can actually hurt you. If you didn't notice, it can cause you to lose half of your brain cells! People who smoke weed are looking for something to do because everyone says, "its cool, you gotta try it!" Weed doesn't help you in anyway, shape or form. So why is the government wanting to keep "weed" under control? Because they DON'T want to pay the consequences for more Americans and others who use it as a gate-way drug. I am SICK and TIRED of hearing how weed is the best thing ever, and how EVERYONE can get it... there is a reason why it is illegal and should not be tried out by minors. Parents should be keeping an eye out on their child to make sure they are safe from idiotic choices. Weed is not healthy, and all though it may give you a "high" and you can "fly" it does nothing good for you. It makes you look like a low life who has nothing better to do that go in your backyard, "roll a blunt" and smoke all by yourself. My advice it to quit it, and don't even try it! You don't make friends and you certainly DON'T ace your tests! STOP being immature ignorants and make your life worth living.

    September 9, 2011 at 00:01 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Andy

      weed is a gateway drug because it's crammed onto a black market that doesn't differentiate between hard drugs and soft drugs. a dealer is going to ask their costumer if they want to try something a bit "harder", usually for free. once that happens and they get something like heroin in their system, they're goners. it's been shown that alcohol is actually more likely to cause the use of other drugs. alcohol, like tobacco and caffeine and marijuana, are all drugs. and what "control" do you see on marijuana? it is still illegal, and more than 17 million people use it every year illegally. that doesn't sound like control. contorl would be regulation. just like we control tobacco and alcohol. and organized crime came to an all time low when alcohol's prohibition was lifted. learn the facts!!

      September 9, 2011 at 00:09 | Report abuse |
    • james minkle

      you sound really afraid of something you know nearly nothing about... your fear will probay keep it that way.. it will take courage for yoou to become smart and reasonable.. our world however needs this from you.. please wake up we need kindness and intelligence. try meditation and study buddhism it would help your mind through your problems.

      September 9, 2011 at 00:16 | Report abuse |
    • bluemoondrop

      Half your brain cells huh? Where'd ya get that number, buddy? I think you're a troll, I really do. I can't buy that amount of stupid coming out of one comment. Oh, and name the test, I'd put good money on out scoring you on anything from bio to art history.

      September 9, 2011 at 00:27 | Report abuse |
    • Jake

      et's see....

      George W. Bush
      Bill Clinton
      Steve Jobs
      Michael Phelps
      JFK

      they all smoked weed. i wouldn't go calling them lazy.

      September 9, 2011 at 00:34 | Report abuse |
    • Tom-S

      My 4.0 GPA alone would seem to make your statement seem idiotic. I've smoked pot every day for 10 years. IM not overweight in fact I can run a 6 minute mile. IM not a thief or murderer. I have no record at all aside from a possession of paraphernalia charge. And I will graduate with a BS in Engineering this coming spring most likely with a 4.0 GPA

      September 9, 2011 at 00:42 | Report abuse |
    • andy pdx

      I would take any test against you while being high.

      September 9, 2011 at 00:50 | Report abuse |
    • You mad bro?

      I totally agree! These kids don't know any better, they try weed once and get addicted. Next thing you know they're hooked on hard drugs stealing money from their own family to support the habit! What we need to do is: double the size of federal drug task force, build more prisons, pay for more anti-drug commercials and billboards, and set up more sting operations inside of schools! ALSO we need to crack down on these Hollywood pro-drug celebrities and musicians! That's all rap music is about! Gangs and drugs!

      September 9, 2011 at 01:03 | Report abuse |
    • Twojiontsaday

      You haven't smoked weed if you would rather have your kids protected from marijuana instead of being educated about alcohol and prescription medication. I know that I would have buried far less friends if the D.A.R.E. officer would have spent more time educating us about how alcohol and prescription medication is very dangerous instead of telling s to stay away from pot. No one has died from marijuana overdose and I bet the deadly accident rate related to marijuana is far less then that of alcohol or prescription pills. Stop being afraid and ignorant and allow change to happen. You don't have to support it but you for sure shouldn't be keeping people from using it.

      September 9, 2011 at 01:12 | Report abuse |
    • Drew

      I was doing basic college-level physics in eighth grade, calculus in tenth, took eight AP classes in high school, 7 5's, 1600 PSAT when they were out of 1600...and as an adult, I smoke weed. I can still do integrals, derivatives, trigonometry, all that. In fact, I have to, in my job doing video and graphics programming. I use just about everything I learned in school.

      Also, marijuana is the ONE thing that helped me overcome the social anxieties I had as a teenager. It DID loosen me up, and it helped me make a lot of friends – has helped me make them everywhere I've gone. Smoking pot together is a fun, relaxing activity when done in moderation, among friends – it loosens inhibitions, animates conversations, makes people feel closer to each other – just like a responsible evening at a bar might enliven a night for recreational drinkers. Dozens of my friends on Facebook use cannabis and we all get along splendidly.

      The stereotype of the pothead, sitting around stoned, barely able to converse, is just that – a stereotype. Perhaps three or four out of the dozens of marijuana smokers I've known have fit that stereotype. The rest are animated, vibrant people with passionate hobbies and lives – one is the best trance DJ I know.

      September 9, 2011 at 01:29 | Report abuse |
    • Drew

      Honestly, bro, I remember sitting around at a party six years ago smoking weed with an astrophysics student (among others). I remember I was worried that pot made me too "stoney", unapproachable, hard to relate to – well, to my surprise, she said she thought it made me more accessible, more approachable, less uptight, and more relaxed.

      I really suggest you get to know some real marijuana users, not media stereotypes. You might just be surprised at what an interesting and talented bunch we can be.

      September 9, 2011 at 01:38 | Report abuse |
    • Tillamook

      If you can prove half your claims, I'll put down the joint forever. Tell the president that people who smoke weed are lowlives who never get anywhere in life. It doesn't matter your opinion on the man, but the fact that he smoked weed and now he's the president has to count for something, right?
      Weed kills half your brain cells? I don't believe it is possible to be alive with that few. I don't think a vegetative coma type thing is even possible with half your brain cells. If you are seriously claiming that, I think your credibility has been reduced to zero. Just like marijuana's all-time death toll. Zero. Sure have killed lots of people trying to get rid of it, though.

      September 9, 2011 at 02:29 | Report abuse |
    • Phil D. Boll

      You sound like a real Party kind of guy,how much Cannabis have you consumed in the last 30 days???

      September 9, 2011 at 22:31 | Report abuse |
  15. Andy

    the war on drugs is a failing, economic nightmare. legalizing these drugs would only lower addiction rates, put money into the economy through taxation, reduce spending by limiting the size and role of all law enforcement agencies involved (all state police, federal agencies, county pole, etc), keep drugs out of minors' hands through regulation, stop drug dealers from making insane profits, and effectively put an end to drug related violence. just like when we lifted the alcohol prohibition. there's also the enormous lie surrounding cannabis' (both industrial, multi-use hemp and psychoactive marijuana) illegality, which came in the form of yellow journalism, sensational films, and rigged testing in support of it's "destructive properties". the government is spending billions every year on this failing war, and the results we see here, that more than 22 million americans are STILL using illegal drugs. learn the facts, end this war. if not for us, for the tens of thousands being killed every year in other countries who are subject to violent traffickers and cartels (hint: there wouldn't be a giant market like america available for these cartels to survive, we would have our own regulated drugs here!)

    September 9, 2011 at 00:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  16. Bob-O

    police could concentrate on serious crimes, like murder and robbery, but, of course drugs would be cheaper, safer and people would have more jobs and better lives. Maybe there would be less murders and robberies, since most of those are probably committed by jobless drug abusers, or drug dealers and cartels. All of which are funded by the U.S. illegal drug trade.

    September 9, 2011 at 00:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. J.C.

    Judging by a survey of the comments on this story, there are at least 44 million people using drugs and reading articles on CNN.

    September 9, 2011 at 00:07 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. pab

    Legalize marijuana, and that rate goes down to less than 2% of Americans use illegal drugs.

    Anyone who thinks it's harmful only thinks that because they know nothing about it.

    September 9, 2011 at 00:08 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. Dave

    Too many people have a paycheck depending upon drugs remaining illegal. This is why it will remain so.

    September 9, 2011 at 00:11 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. corey

    Did they sample just conservatives? I would think 10% is pretty low. Maybe 30% is more accurate. More importantly how many of those that do drugs are functioning production citizens?

    September 9, 2011 at 00:12 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Flying high

      I'm a pot smoking conservative with a decent paying job. 90% of my friends are also pot smoking conservatives with decent paying jobs. The other 10% are pot smoking liberals with no jobs.

      September 9, 2011 at 00:17 | Report abuse |
  21. The Hero

    And 91% uses drugs issued legally ?

    September 9, 2011 at 00:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. god

    stop the war on what i created... its all good.. in moderation... peace be with you...

    September 9, 2011 at 00:18 | Report abuse | Reply
    • son of god

      dad's right on this one... its all good in moderation... peace be with you

      September 9, 2011 at 00:21 | Report abuse |
  23. Bob-O

    I mean, in Chicago last week there was a 12,000 lb. weed bust, estimated street value with c.p.d calculator 33 million, they put three guys in jail who probably got $30,000 combined as mules. These guys will do at least 5 years, if not 25 or some other ridiculous #, based on the salary of their lawyers. I can still go buy a bag of weed in the next 10 minutes. Pay the same price as yesterday. Can do the same with heroin or andy other drugs you want to name. What is the percentage of low level drug dealers making up the population of our prison systems? WHat is the percentage of violent offenders in the population of our prison system that first entered it because of a low level drug felony? Guys with felonies cant get job's, especially after they get out of prison. Some people will say that it is those men's own fault, that they did the crime they should do the time. I wonder what our country would be like if we let people be responsible for their own actions, and the government stopped trying to control everyone's lives. Maybe these men would be productive citizen's, as the need to commit these crimes would never be there. If there were no illegal drug trade.

    September 9, 2011 at 00:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. Carla

    So these people, wasting everything USA has, prevented NASA from having a space odyssey outside of our Solar System. We need humans with clean heart, clean mind, clean lung and clean blood.

    September 9, 2011 at 00:25 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Nope

      Carla, do you know what really wastes human potential? Imprisoning people for smoking an herb.

      September 9, 2011 at 02:18 | Report abuse |
    • Phil D. Boll

      SIEG HIEL !!!!

      September 9, 2011 at 22:41 | Report abuse |
  25. Bob-O

    where is a leader that can make some sense

    September 9, 2011 at 00:27 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jake

      two words... Ron Paul

      September 9, 2011 at 00:38 | Report abuse |
  26. What the heck

    The worse the economy gets the more people abuse drugs to help cope with what the government has done to their lives, so 35% or more are high right now and everything is ok...till they come down and reality sets back in. The illegal and legal drug industries are booming these days ;-)

    September 9, 2011 at 00:27 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. Tom-S

    It should come as no big surprise that alot of people lied to a Government survey on drug use. Id bet my pension that the actual percentage is closer to 50% than 9%.

    September 9, 2011 at 00:29 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. Eric

    Thinking of all the money ive spent over the last 35 years on mary jane gets a little depressing...but i do love my weed

    September 9, 2011 at 00:30 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Phil D. Boll

      Legalize Cannabis ,do it for Eric, let the Man grow his own.

      September 9, 2011 at 22:43 | Report abuse |
  29. andy

    what a joke. anybody not believing the number is way higher is the same kind of idiot that thinks weed is more harmful than alcohol.

    September 9, 2011 at 00:31 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. TruthBear

    Yea he "urges" everyone to abstain from marijuana, but says nothing about alcohol and the number one killer in our country, cigarettes. What a joke.

    September 9, 2011 at 00:34 | Report abuse | Reply
  31. Eric

    Held a job..paid my dues...faked a couple of drug test..continueing to do my part for the economy..just cause you use drugs doesnt mean you abuse them

    September 9, 2011 at 00:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. Eric

    Dont bogart that joint my freind

    September 9, 2011 at 00:40 | Report abuse | Reply
  33. Justin

    I just want to say in Vermont our pot looks way way better than it seems to in that photo. Come on BBC represent.

    September 9, 2011 at 00:40 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Drew

      Hahahah!

      It's so bizarre, whenever you see a picture of Federally seized marijuana, it's always the most moldy-looking ditchweed in the universe. You'd think the Feds could afford better weed than that.

      September 9, 2011 at 01:17 | Report abuse |
  34. Dan

    If it wasn't for the war on drugs, my brother-in-law would probably be dead right now. Instead, he's been imprisoned for 7 years at the expense of taxpayers, and now he's guilt-tripping family into giving him money to survive, or else he may go back to doing drugs again.

    September 9, 2011 at 00:44 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. Carla

    Men, don't live for momentary pleasures. You were not born for having fun but for honoring God and accomplishing some noble purposes on earth such as bringing liberty to the oppressed people. Women, don't seek comfort; the world has too much beauty to waste time in seeking comforts. Enjoy the beautiful creation and thank God for it. If you have children, make sure they obtain godliness and excel.

    September 9, 2011 at 00:47 | Report abuse | Reply
    • kme

      I would rather be happy forever with the devil than serving god in pain forever.

      September 9, 2011 at 01:32 | Report abuse |
    • Phil D. Boll

      We are here to experience Life and all that it is, Cannabis was put here for us to enjoy.

      September 9, 2011 at 22:48 | Report abuse |
  36. adrian

    This is the cause of all the violence in Mexico and Latin America the U.S. market

    September 9, 2011 at 00:52 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Gbird

      That's true, so if we legalized it, and grew it domestically, it would take the criminal element out of it.

      September 9, 2011 at 01:00 | Report abuse |
  37. Ryan

    Watch "The Union" on netflix, hulu, or youtube. Get educated

    September 9, 2011 at 00:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. me

    This is an inaccurate and biased poll. And the fact that the government has the goal to eliminate drug use in the US is yet another violation of our rights. If a person wants to do drugs, they should be free to use drugs. The pharmaceutical corporations are free to prescribe some of the most dangerous drugs on the market, that are synthetically made, that have killed numerous people. And Marijauana should not be considered illegal. I've been more f**cked up off of Robitussin.

    September 9, 2011 at 00:58 | Report abuse | Reply
    • kme

      You are right, what a person eats should be their own business and not the business of a malicious big brother.

      September 9, 2011 at 01:30 | Report abuse |
  39. Gbird

    “I urge every family – but particularly those in states targeted by pro-drug political campaigns – to redouble their efforts to shield young people from serious harm by educating them about the real health and safety consequences caused by illegal drug use.” No such warnings for alcohol or cigarettes? So the taxed drugs are OK, but those untaxed drugs, they are the ones that are really bad...

    September 9, 2011 at 00:58 | Report abuse | Reply
    • kme

      I believe that it's the legal drugs that do the most damage.

      September 9, 2011 at 01:28 | Report abuse |
  40. John

    This is completely false. 9% is a nice number to justify the war on drugs . "Oh look only 9% of the US uses drugs so we must be winning the war on drugs!" Give me a break.(and a blunt)

    September 9, 2011 at 01:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. Michael

    What is that? Statistics never lie but statisticians do.

    September 9, 2011 at 01:10 | Report abuse | Reply
  42. Drew

    9%, my ASS. I will be shocked beyond belief if the percentage of marijuana smokers is less than 20%. It could be a lot higher than that.

    People don't tell the truth on polls; particularly on drug-testing polls in a country where drugs are illegal.

    As far as the War on Drugs goes, Washington grew hemp at Mount Vernon. Most of the Founding Fathers did. Now it's a felony to get caught with a joint there. I side with the Founding Fathers, myself.

    September 9, 2011 at 01:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. Kevin

    9 percent? Isn't that the unemployment rate?

    September 9, 2011 at 01:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. tintala

    The Study also neglects to say the we currently incarcerate MORE people for drugs than any other country for ALL CRIMES COMBINED people! This is a fact of the drug war! Legalize cannabis and industrial hemp , heal the economy and stop caring so much about who smokes a joint!

    September 9, 2011 at 01:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  45. tintala

    Everyone should watch THE UNION...... wake up.

    September 9, 2011 at 01:20 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. Hmmm

    Perhaps they should start considering it unacceptable that a drug such as marijuana is illegal in the first place. The only reason it was made illegal was because of greed, racism, and groundless propaganda.

    September 9, 2011 at 01:21 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Natfka

      Marijuana is illegal because it is an addicting drug. A single joint has 4x more tar than an unfiltered cigarette. It destroys the cillia in the lungs, and long term use can create severe lung disease.

      September 9, 2011 at 01:40 | Report abuse |
    • Phil D. Boll

      @Natfka, Are you really that Stupid or was this Sarcasm?????

      September 9, 2011 at 22:51 | Report abuse |
  47. kme

    I am sure that the correct % using illegal drugs is closer to 25%, which include congressman and other politicians.

    September 9, 2011 at 01:23 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. random

    i don't do 'illegal' drugs myself but if i had to guess i'd say at least 70% of americans r doing them.. i don't need fake surveys to tell me otherwise.. lol at this report.....

    September 9, 2011 at 01:33 | Report abuse | Reply
  49. Britt Reed

    Those numbers are skewed. Drug use, especially Pot is more dominant than ever. I am amazed at the people from all walks of life that I know, who use every day. Wake up people!!

    On the flip side, alcohol is the worst drug of them all. I have seen it destroy more lives that all of the other drugs combined. But that's seems to be okay. What a joke.

    September 9, 2011 at 01:33 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. Joseph

    I hate articles like this. "According to a survey" says they? What survey? I don't know anyone that has ever taken or known anyone to take a survey like this. These numbers and ASSUMPTIONS are REEETARDED.

    September 9, 2011 at 01:40 | Report abuse | Reply
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