Marijuana use continues to increase

burning marijuana cigarette on ashtrayAccording to recent data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH),  an estimated 31.5 million residents of the United States reported using marijuana in the past year, compared to approximately 25 million each year from 2002 to 2008. According to the NSDUH survey, there has been a steady increase in marijuana users over the last four years.

Of all of the illicit drugs in the survey, prescription drugs used for nonmedical purposes are the second most commonly used drugs behind marijuana. Users in this drug class increased from an estimated 14.7 million in 2011 to 16.7 million in 2012. Cocaine, which saw its first increase in six years, was the only other drug that saw a significant increase from 2011 to 2012 as users increased from 3.9 million to 4.7 million.

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