A Weekly FAX from the Center for Substance Abuse Research

In the October 22nd, 2012 issue of "FAX" out of the University of Maryland, this weekly update on research relating to substance abuse gives statistics on reported type of first drug use. The following is a brief summary:

In the October 22nd, 2012 issue of "FAX" out of the University of Maryland, this weekly update on research relating to substance abuse gives statistics on reported type of first drug use. The following is a brief summary:

"An estimated 3.1 million persons ages 12 or older—an average of approximately 8,400 per day—used a drug other than alcohol for the first time in the past year, according to data from the 2011 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. More than two-thirds (68%) of these new users reported that marijuana was the first drug they tried. Slightly more than one-fifth (22%) reported that prescription drugs used nonmedically were the first drug they tried, including 14% with pain relievers, 4% with tranquilizers, 3% with stimulants, and 1% with sedatives. Less than 10% reported that their first use of drugs involved inhalants and hallucinogens, and very few initiates started using with cocaine or heroin. These findings suggest that drug use prevention efforts might focus on marijuana and the nonmedical use of prescription drugs, as these are the drugs that are most often used first."