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What are the most commonly abused drugs?

On Behalf of | Feb 23, 2023 | Drug Charges

A study released by The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) in 2022 has indicated that drug use has increased in Indiana and around the country, spurred primarily by marijuana trends and the abuse of prescription-type psychotherapeutic drugs. The NSDUH asked respondents what drugs they may have used in the 30 days prior to the survey.

Estimated drug use findings

Based on the survey that was conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, it is estimated that 21.4% of people over the age of 12 had used some illicit drug during the past year, while 13.6% are regular users of illegal substances. The survey indicated that 14.5% in this demographic have a substance abuse disorder.

Marijuana is, by far, the most popular substance of choice that could result in drug charges. Other drugs commonly used are:

  • Opioids
  • Pain medication
  • Hallucinogens
  • Sedatives
  • Cocaine
  • Stimulants
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Methamphetamine
  • Inhalants
  • Heroin
  • Crack cocaine

Marijuana use drove the increase, as users increased from 14.5 million in 2007 to 49.6 million in 2020. The use of illicit drugs, in general, has decreased since 2015, yet the misuse of prescription pain relievers has increased over the last few years. Those who used prescription pain relievers illegally usually got them from family members or friends and sometimes from doctors.

What happens when I face drug charges?

Facing any drug charge can be frightening, especially if you have never been arrested previously. First-time drug use often involves marijuana, followed by prescription painkillers and inhalants. Younger persons, especially, may face consequences that can follow them for the rest of their lives.

In addition to the legal consequences like fines and imprisonment, you may face collateral damage. Drug convictions can prevent you from getting federal student loans and can possibly cause loss of your rights as a parent if a family law judge deems you unsuitable for custody or visitation.