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Illicit Drug Use

This indicator shows the percentage of people aged 12 or older who used an illicit drug in the month preceding the survey. Illicit drugs include marijuana, cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens, inhalants, or prescription-type drugs used nonmedically.

Illicit Drug Use

6.9
7.2
Comparison: TX State Value 

7.2

percent
Measurement Period: 2008-2010

Substate Region: 3a

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Technical Note: The regional value is compared to the Texas state value.
Maintained By: Healthy Communities Institute
Last Updated: April 2013

Why is this important?

Illicit drug use refers to the use and misuse of illegal or controlled drugs. Though there has been a long-term decrease in overall use, many people in the United states still use illicit drugs. Use of illicit drugs is highest among young people, aged 15-25 years. Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug. Drug dependence is a chronic, relapsing disorder which often results in self-destructive and criminal behavior. Illegal use of drugs is also associated with injury, illness, high-risk sexual activity, disability, death, domestic violence, crime, school truancy, and lost workplace productivity. The stigma attached with substance abuse increases the severity of the problem.

Illicit Drug Use : Time Series

2004-2006: 7.0 2006-2008: 6.6 2008-2010: 7.2

percent

Illicit Drug Use by Age

12-17: 7.9 18-25: 17.8 26+: 5.3 Overall: 7.2

percent

Illicit Drug Use

Comparison: Prior Value 

7.2

percent
Measurement Period: 2008-2010

Substate Region: 3a

View All Location Types

Technical Note: The trend is a comparison between the most recent and previous measurement periods. Confidence intervals were taken into account in determining the direction of the trend.
Maintained By: Healthy Communities Institute
Last Updated: April 2013

Why is this important?

Illicit drug use refers to the use and misuse of illegal or controlled drugs. Though there has been a long-term decrease in overall use, many people in the United states still use illicit drugs. Use of illicit drugs is highest among young people, aged 15-25 years. Marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug. Drug dependence is a chronic, relapsing disorder which often results in self-destructive and criminal behavior. Illegal use of drugs is also associated with injury, illness, high-risk sexual activity, disability, death, domestic violence, crime, school truancy, and lost workplace productivity. The stigma attached with substance abuse increases the severity of the problem.

Illicit Drug Use : Time Series

2004-2006: 7.0 2006-2008: 6.6 2008-2010: 7.2

percent

Illicit Drug Use by Age

12-17: 7.9 18-25: 17.8 26+: 5.3 Overall: 7.2

percent