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ASince the early 1960s there has been an alarming increase in drug use in the US - In 1962 four million americans had tried an illegal drug by 1999 the number had risen to a staggering 877 million according to the 1999 national household survey on drug abuse - The study aslo found that the number of illicit drug users who were above the age of 12 had used drugs in the past month reached a high of 254 million in 1979 decreased through the late 1980s to a low of 12 million in 1992 and has since increased to 148 million in 1999 BSome drugs currently being used are considerably more potent than they were in the past - The amount of THC which is a content of marijana in the year 1970 was 15 and now it the drug averages 76 - The purity of heroin has increased from 1 10 in 1970 to 35 - 80 CDrug use among teens and even younger children has been steadily increasing for the past several years - According to the 1998 national center on addiction and substance abuse survey teen marijuana use is up 300 since 1992 - In 1999 55 of high school seniors reported that they have used drugs before while just seven years ago 41 said they had according to the monitoring the future study - The study also showed that between 1991 and 1999 illicit drug use among younger children 13-14 year old increased by 51 DMany people are not aware of the profound impact that this drug epidemic has on the country as a whole - Widespread drug use results in a less efficient less productive workforce -
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