February 11, 2014

Substance Use and Abuse

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Narcotics tend to get more attention, but alcohol and nicotine remain the mind-altering chemicals of choice for most Oklahomans. Nearly half of all state residents above the age of 11 consumed alcohol and about a third used tobacco products, according to a 2012 federal survey of drug use in America.

Substance Use in OklahomaPercent of Population 12 and Older
Alcohol use in past month46.2
Tobacco product use in past month35.1
Cigarette use in past month30
Binge alcohol consumption in past month*21.8
Marijuana use in past year10.4
Illicit drug use in past month**8.4
Marijuana use in past month6
Nonmedical use of painkillers in past year5.2
Illicit drug use other than marijuana in past month3.7
Alcohol dependence in past year3.3
Cocaine use in past year1.3
Illicit drug dependence in past year1.6

*Five or more drinks on the same occasion.
**Marijuana, cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens, inhalants, nonmedical use of prescribed narcotics.
Source: U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration