Illegal Drug Use
Wednesday, October 1, 2008

A survey by the World Health Organization of 17 countries has found that the U.S. has the highest level of marijuana and cocaine use. Dr. Ed Hill tells us about the survey in todayís 60 Second Housecall.

Despite tough anti-drug laws, a new survey shows the United States has the highest level of illegal drug use in the world.

The World Health Organizationís survey of legal and illegal drug use in 17 countries shows Americans report the highest level of cocaine and marijuana use.

Americans were four times more likely to report using cocaine in their lifetime than the next closest country.

Marijuana use was more widely reported worldwide, and the U.S. also had the highest rate of use at 42.4 percent.

In the study, researchers surveyed more than 54,000 adults worldwide. The survey included questions about legalized drug use, such as alcohol and tobacco, and illegal drug use, including cocaine and marijuana.

Researchers found gender and socioeconomic differences in both legal and illegal drug use. Men were more likely than women to have used legal and illegal drugs. Single adults were more likely than married adults to report tobacco, marijuana and cocaine use but not alcohol use. People with higher incomes were also more likely to use both legal and illegal drugs.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Iím Dr. Ed Hill.