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Drugs of Abuse Testing

Ordering the Right Test at the Right Time,
and What Does it Mean?


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Drug Use

Slide 3

September 2009

So let's start with a little history of drug use. Americans consume about 60% of the world's production of illegal drugs, but make up only about 5% of the world's population.

Approximately 23 million individuals in the United States use marijuana at least 4 times weekly. That’s around 8% or about 1 in 12 individuals. About 6 million people regularly use cocaine, which is about 2% or 1 in 50 individuals. And about 70% of substance abusers hold down jobs. These statistics may seem a little unusual because I think the media has really put in our minds that there are these stereotypical drug users on the street, but you can see from these statistics that is not entirely accurate.

Drug Use


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