Household Survey on Drug Abuse
Despite the results that indicate some drug use is up, Administrator Hutchinson emphasized we must keep our perspective. Overall, this country has had tremendous success in reducing drug use and helping young people make the right decisions. We've reduced drug use by 50% in the last 20 years and cocaine use by 75% in the last 15 years.
The Household statistics show that some of the drugs being abused more frequently are those that are falsely believed to be safe. We are facing a tremendous knowledge gap about the very real dangers of drugs, like Ecstasy and marijuana. DEA is joining our prevention and treatment partners to close that gap and ensure that every teen understands the painful consequences of drug use.
"More than ever, the study demonstrates that we need to help those caught in the grip of addiction. Treatment works, and by helping addicts heal, we can reduce the demand for drugs and build a drug-free America," Hutchinson concluded.