IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Club Drugs - Facts and Figures
- The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) conducts an annual National Survey on Drug Use and Health, which covers residents in households, non-institutional group quarters (e.g., shelters, rooming/boarding houses, college dormitories, migratory workers' camps, halfway houses), and civilians living on military bases. As part of the 2012 survey, approximately 68,000 completed interviews were obtained. Findings from the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (September 2013) include:
- An estimated 628,000 individuals aged 12 or older were current (past month) users of ecstasy, representing 0.2% of the population.
- There were an estimated 440,000 current users of methamphetamine aged 12 or older, representing 0.2% of the population.
- Sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the Monitoring the Future program at the University of Michigan conducts annual anonymous written surveys of nationally representative samples of students in public and private secondary schools throughout the coterminous United States. Results from the 2012 Monitoring the Future Survey (2013) include:
- Among high school seniors surveyed in 2012, 3.8% used MDMA, 1.1% used meth, 1.4% used GHB, 1.5% used ketamine, and 1.5% used Rohypnol within the year prior to being surveyed.
- Approximately 2.0% of 8th graders, 5.0% of 10th graders, and 7.2% of 12th graders reported lifetime use of MDMA. Also, 1.3% of 8th graders, 1.8% of 10th graders, and 1.7% of 12th graders reported lifetime use of methamphetamine.
- Approximately 9.6% of 8th graders, 21% of 10th graders, and 35.9% of 12th graders reported that MDMA was "fairly easy" or "very easy" to obtain.
- The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)'s Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) provides data from a review of emergency department (ED) medical records nationwide. DAWN relies on a nationally representative sample of general, non-Federal hospitals operating 24-hour EDs, with oversampling of hospitals in selected metropolitan areas. Estimates from Drug Abuse Warning Network, 2011: National Estimates of Drug-Related Emergency Department Visits (May 2013) include:
- More than 5.1 million total drug-related ED visits; of these, 2.5 million ED visits were associated with drug misuse or abuse
- 102,961 of the drug-related ED visits involved methamphetamine
- 22,498 involved MDMA
- 2,406 involved GHB
- 1,550 involved ketamine