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Table 48. Percentage of persons ages 12 to 25 reporting substance use in the past month, by age group and type of substance: Selected years, 1995 through 2009
 
Age group and type of substance 1995 2000 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
12 to 17              
Any illicit drug1 10.9 9.7 9.9 9.8 9.5 9.3 10.0
Any psychotherapeutic 3.0 3.3 3.3 3.3 2.9 3.1
Cocaine 0.8 0.6 0.6 0.4 0.4 0.4 0.3
Hallucinogens 1.2 0.8 0.7 0.7 1.0 0.9
Inhalants 1.0 1.2 1.3 1.2 1.1 1.0
Marijuana and hashish 8.2 7.2 6.8 6.7 6.7 6.7 7.3
               
Alcohol 21.1 16.4 16.5 16.6 15.9 14.6 14.7
"Binge" alcohol use2 7.9 10.4 9.9 10.3 9.7 8.8 8.8
               
Cigarettes 20.2 13.4 10.8 10.4 9.8 9.1 8.9
18 to 25              
               
Any illicit drug1 14.2 15.9 20.1 19.8 19.7 19.6 21.2
Any psychotherapeutic 3.6 6.3 6.5 6.0 5.9 6.3
Cocaine 1.3 1.4 2.6 2.2 1.7 1.5 1.4
Hallucinogens 1.8 1.5 1.7 1.5 1.7 1.8
Inhalants 0.6 0.5 0.4 0.4 0.3 0.4
Marijuana and hashish 12.0 13.6 16.6 16.3 16.4 16.5 18.1
               
Alcohol 61.3 56.8 60.9 61.9 61.2 61.2 61.8
"Binge" alcohol use2 29.9 37.8 41.9 42.2 41.8 41.0 41.7
               
Cigarettes 35.3 38.3 39.0 38.4 36.2 35.7 35.8
—Not available.
1Indicates use of marijuana or hashish, cocaine (including crack), inhalants, hallucinogens (including PCP and LSD), heroin, or any prescription-type psychotherapeutic used nonmedically at least once in the past month.
2Defined as drinking five or more drinks on the same occasion (at the same time or within a couple of hours of each other) on at least 1 day in the past 30 days.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), selected years, 1995–2009. Retrieved May 1, 2011, from http://oas.samhsa.gov/nhsda.htm.

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